NEUFC coach defects to Suphanburi FC

Sergio Farias, who was appointed as NorthEast United FC chief coach just a couple of months ago, has reportedly opted to re-join Suphanburi FC in Thailand.

Sergio Farias' decision to move back to Thailand has put NorthEast United FC owners in a spot.   -  AP

Sergio Farias, who was recently appointed as the head coach of NorthEast United FC for the upcoming season of Indian Super League (ISL), has reportedly joined Thai club Suphanburi FC as its coach.

The Brazilian, who managed 10 wins, eight draws and six defeats during his previous tenure with the Thai Premier League club, is expected to take charge of the team when it faces Buriram United at the Suphanburi Municipality Stadium on July 9, according to football portal goal.com.

Farias' decision has put NorthEast United FC in a spot who may now have to seek a deadline extension to find another coach. Barring the penalised FC Goa, all ISL clubs were supposed to get a head coach onboard by July 1.

In the past, Sergio has managed Guangzhou R&F in the Chinese Super League and Al Wasl FC of United Arab Emirates.

Some of Sergio’s finest achievements came with K-League side Pohang Steelers, with which he won the AFC Champions League (2009), the K League, the K League Cup and finished third at the FIFA Club World Cup, He was chosen as the K-League Manager of the Year in 2007.

Sergio was at the helm of the Brazil U-17 and U-20 national sides, where he famously groomed superstars such as Ronaldinho and Lucio. He went on to win the South American Championship with the U-17 side in 2000. His experience in working with young talent also extended to the Santos U-17 team.

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