Ex-England star Gary Stevens appointed coach of TPL side Port FC

Former Tottenham and England defender Gary Stevens has been appointed head coach of Thai Premier League (TPL) strugglers Port FC.

The 53-year-old becomes Port FC's first ever foreign coach just six weeks after being dismissed by another Bangkok side, Army United, despite having led the Gentlemen to their best ever start to a TPL season.

He will be hoping the Port Lions can slay the Dragons of sixth placed Ratchaburi in his coaching debut at home on Sunday as he attempts to turn around his new club's season. Port lie 14th in the TPL, just two points above the relegation zone.

However, Stevens is relishing the challenge and announced the news of his appointment to his Twitter followers, saying: "Delighted to announce I am the new head coach of Port FC. The hard work starts."

The 53-year-old was removed by Army United as coach at the start of May. After three defeats on the trot, Army's hierarchy took what seemed like a knee-jerk decision, given the team had won four of their previous five.

Stevens will soon be reacquainted with his former players. After his new side face Ratchaburi, they will take a trip to Army stadium the following weekend.

Port fans will certainly be hoping that Stevens shows his ex-club just why they should have stuck with him.

Stevens earned seven England caps, appeared in the 1986 World Cup and won the 1984 UEFA Cup with Tottenham Hotspur. He has been coaching in Thailand since last July.