The new TPL season (yes, TPL!) will start on Saturday 11 February, say the Thai FA. As yet, that is all we know, with no announcements about season breaks or fixtures etc.
As usual with Thai football, there are still a few issues to be decided including:
- Pattaya Utd – rumour has it that they will fold and their licence will be taken over by Udon
- Port & Muangthong – it is as yet unclear whether the stadium ban will be carried over from last season, because the remaining games of the season were cancelled, or if the slate will be wiped clean
- Samut Sakhon Power City FC – AKA the Artists Formerly Known as Osotspa or Various Variations Thereon. Dom informs me that Thai FA regulations state that a team cannot change its name after just one year under the previous name, so their current status is uncertain
- Army Utd & Chainat FC – will they or won’t they appeal against their – unjust, in my opinion – relegation? Couldn’t give a flying hornbill about Cheating Chainat, but it would be good if Army stayed up as it’s an easy away trip, despite my wallet getting lifted last time I went there
Obviously it is completely unreasonable to expect to have any idea which teams will be involved in the TPL with the season being a whole 10 weeks away, so for updates, watch this space!