Cooper departs Muangthong after nine-game reign

Scott Cooper has stepped down as coach of Muangthong United after just nine games in charge of the Thai Premier League giants.

The Englishman, who was handed the reins at the SCG Stadium at the start of the season, cited family reasons as the main factor behind his decision to tender his resignation.

Cooper’s future had initially been in doubt after reports claimed he was about to step down after their AFC Champions League playoff against Melbourne Victory back in February, which ended in a 2-1 defeat.

However, both coach and club moved quickly to dispel the rumours and Muangthong director of football Ronnarit Suewjaja insists this recent development has nothing to do with disagremeents over the running of the team.

“Scott Cooper’s resignation has nothing to do with the team,” he said. “It is about family reasons which we had discussed some time earlier.

“It is unfortunate that our partnership with Scott has come to an end in such an abrupt fashion.

“We actually had grand plans and structures to implement at the club, including bringing in quality players or creating and developing a team of quality young players.

“Nevertheless, we must accept his decision and we wish him all the success in the future.”

The club also announced it would be unveiling Cooper’s successor in the near future, with assistant coach Phon Chomchearn taking over the reins on an interim basis.

Cooper departs with Muangthong currently fourth on the table, after picking up 11 points from their opening six matches.

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