Coach Milos Joksic announced his resignation on Sunday and apologised to fans, saying he had failed to lead The Islanders out of the rut they have been in for the past few months.
Then Phuket FC captain Suphat Ontthong, announced on Facebook that this Sunday’s home game against Songkla will be his last. He will join his home team Ratchaburi FC for the rest of the season, starting the end of July.
“I would like to thank Phuket FC, Khun Pamuk, Khun Eam, staff, Khun Lek (Naruebet Aryupong), Soranun, my teammates and all fans, for their continuous and unfaltering support for Phuket FC and for me from Division 2 until today.
“I feel like I’m home, here in Phuket, everyone here is my family. We have been through so much, we have laughed and cried together,” Suphat said.
“I must apologise that I can’t fulfill my promise that together we will bring Phuket FC to the Thai Premier League. I am truly very sorry. I hope that in the future I can come back and work here again.”
The new team coach is likely to be former Thai national team footballer Narong Ajarayut, a Phuket businessman who has been involved with the team in the past.
Narong said he believed coaching would come “naturally” to him, and said it was not too different from running a business.
“I have known Khun Pamuk and Khun Eam (Thavornvongwongse) for many years and I am glad that they trust me to do the job. I have businesses in Phuket and I would like to do something for the island and the people of Phuket.”
Fans seemed to be mostly happy about the change, as many of them already know Narong and hope that he will be able to turn the team’s losing streak around.
Meanwhile, new signings for the season include Bolivian midfielder Roland Wagas, known among fans as “Plato”, from PTT Rayong FC, who will likely play as an attacking midfielder.
The other addition is defender Wanmai Settanun from SCG Muang Thong United, who was previously on loan to Army United.