Samrit Bunditkitsada has revealed in an interview, which appeared in Thai newspaper Siamsport on Sunday, that he has travelled to Reading to meet the club’s board.
The newspaper claims the future of Nigel Adkins will be discussed at the meeting.
The interview once again raises the question of what Samrit’s role at the club is, with Sir John Madejski previously confirming that while he held no shares in the club Bunditkitsada would 'still be around'. Is this also perhaps the first sign that the club’s new Thai owners are worried by the team’s inconsistent start to the season?
The same Thai newspaper also reported on 30th October that Thai international Kroekrit Thaweekarn is to spend some time training with the Royals in the new year. Police United midfielder Pokklaw Anan had a similar spell at the club earlier this season.
24 year old Thaweekarn is a left winger and has been named in Thailand’s squad for the upcoming AFF Championship, which begins on Saturday. Interestingly, Thaweekarn plays for Chonburi FC and not Police United who are owned by Samrit.
It would be interesting to know what Nigel Adkins and the coaching staff make of being asked to take certain players to train with the squad. Especially as Thailand’s FIFA ranking means there is almost zero chance that any Thai player would be able to get a work permit.
Whatever their private thoughts, it would seem that Adkins, and any future Reading manager, will have to get used to accepting requests from the club’s owners.
These newspaper reports have been translated using Google.