Thailand assistant manager Steve Darby claims a deal for national team coach Peter Reid to become Tony Pulis’ assistant at Stoke has yet to be reached.
Pulis confirmed he was hopeful a deal could be reached this week to bring the former Sunderland and Manchester City manager to the Britannia Stadium.
But Pulis did confirm ”there is a minor issue about securing his release from his job with the Thailand,” and Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi refused to speculate about a potential deal.
”I am in daily contact with Peter, and at this moment nothing is concrete yet, but he regularly gets offered jobs as he was so successful over a long period with Sunderland,” Darby said.
”Nothing official has come to the Thai FA as yet, so at the moment it’s an ongoing story. When the FA receives anything formally Dato Worawi plans a press conference.
”I’d be disappointed if he goes as I really enjoy working with him, but is football ever simple and logical?”
Reid was named as Thailand coach in July 2008, but has been linked with a number of roles and has openly admitted he would return to England if the offer was right.
”I do not have any information, nothing has been passed to me at this time,” said FIFA Executive Committee Member Worawi.
”There may be some developments today or tomorrow.”