Zico + Chappuis?!! Mid-Season Rumour Mill Gets Off to Spectacular Start


Now that T1 is taking a break until 17 June, and with the transfer window reopening tomorrow, the Thai football rumour mill is turning again and, as far as Port fans are concerned, it’s got off to a pretty wild start.


Firstly, former Thai national coach Kiatisuk ‘Zico’ Senamuang was pictured hangin’ out with Mme Pang yesterday in what looked like either her apartment or office, with the Thai media claiming that he was there to discuss taking over as Port coach. Whilst this may be a case of putting 2+2 together and making 5, and whilst I suspect that if Pang & Zico were having talks about him taking over as coach they would probably be a little more discreet about it, if Port are to make the leap from mid-table and start competing at the top of T1 (which they can do – just not consistently enough) then it’s fairly obvious that Jadet probably isn’t the man to do it, and with Zico currently resting between jobs, now is the time to make a move before he falls into the evil clutches of Muangthong who, with 6 defeats in a row, must be thinking about changing coaches fairly soon.


Secondly, Thai football poster boy Charyl Chappuis is being strongly linked with a move to either Port or Bangkok Glass in the window. The Swiss-Thai midfielder’s contract at Suphanburi will soon be up, and with the War Elephants languishing in the bottom half of T1, it seems he may be casting ‘come & get me’ looks at top half clubs. Whether Port can afford his wages is another matter, but again it’s a move that would make sense given that Port are crying out for a calm head in midfield.


Two very exciting rumours then, that would certainly make a splash in Thai football if they come off and sell a lot more tickets on matchdays at the PAT, but I remain sceptical that Port have the resources to make even one, let alone both, happen. Watch this space for further developments!


Tim Russell

Tim Russell

The founder and editor of The Sandpit, Tim has been in SE Asia since 2003 and in Bangkok since 2012, where he runs a travel tech business. Tim has followed Port FC since 2014, and is also a fan of his hometown club Coventry City, and French club AS St-Etienne. He has written for the likes of Football365, ITV.com, NME and The Quietus, and is a regular contributor to God Is In the TV. He's a keen photographer and his work can be seen on his website.

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