Ex-coach Schafer: Thailand are still in my heart

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TORONTO, ON - JULY 14:  Jamaica Head Coach Winfried Schaefer looks on from the bench prior to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B match between Jamaica and El Salvador at BMO Field on July 14, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Former Thai national team coach Winfried Schafer has insisted he still loves despite left the South-East Asian side in 2013, one year earlier than his initial three-year contract.

The 65-year-old German tactician stays he had to leave the War Elephants after revealing that an internal conflict within the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) played a role behind his resignation.

“There were too many political things in Thai football and unfortunately it made my job was left unfinished,” said Schafer in a statement to Goal Thailand.

“I did my job there, I built a team with a lot of young players as foundation which later became a benefit for my successor.

“But (in spite of all) I was in a wonderful country and of course I will always remember their friendly peoples. Thailand will always be in my heart!”

Following his departure from Thailand, Schafer took the Jamaica national team’s coaching role in July 2013. Under his guidance, the Reggae Boyz impressively reached the final of 2015 Gold Cup.