Muangthong hand reins to Croat Dragan Talajic

Dragan Talajic has been appointed as the new coach of Thai Premier League giants Muangthong United, the club have confirmed.

The Twin Qilins have been looking for a new coach since the departure of Scott Cooper at the end of March, but their search officially came to an end after Talajic was presented on Wednesday.

Taking charge of Muangthong marks the 48-year-old’s first foray in managing a Southeast Asian side, although he has plenty of experience in the Middle East having taken charge of clubs like Saudi giants Al Ittihad, Oman’s Dhofar and Kuwait SC of Kuwait.

The club confirmed that he has put pen to paper to a three-year deal and Talajic expressed his delight at the challenge that lies ahead.

“Muangthong United are a club that I’m very happy to be joining,” he said on their official website.

“They are considered to be the greatest football club in Thailand, having achieved a lot in their history, and also have the most amazing fans.

“Of course, I have ahead of me a particularly challenging task because football in Thailand has developed so much in recent years.

“But Muangthong have great potential as a team with a talented squad of players. We will prepare the team and work hard in order to achieve success.”

Talajic has previously been involved with Southeast Asian football after finishing his playing career in Singapore’s S.League with Tanjong Pagar United.

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