BREAKING: Thailand coach Kiatisuk resigns after disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign

The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) accepted national team head coach Kiatisuk Senamuang’s resignation after Thailand’s bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup ended in disappointment. 

The former Thailand international striker had led the War Elephants to plenty of success, winning the gold medal in the 2012 Southeast Asian Games and the AFF Suzuki Cup twice, in 2014 and 2016.

Kiatisuk, widely known as Zico, also led Thailand to the final round of the World Cup qualifiers — the second time that Thailand have ever done so in their history.

However the team has collected just one point from seven games to date.

After returning home from a 4-0 thrashing by Japan, Zico told the press it would be totally up to the Thai Football Association (FAT) president whether he wanted to keep or get rid of the coach and players.

This afternoon, Pol. Gen. Somyos Pumpanmuang fired back at Zico, saying he had never thought of eliminating any players and it was not his job to do so.

The drama concluded when Zico offered his resignation and it was accepted by the FAT.