My take: Why now? The election in Thailand is near. Thaksin needs his nominee party PPP to win so it's time to make some good news and win the votes from football-lovers all over the country. He will be on the news on TV, newspapers, and sport newspaper for this. Yes, it's free. This is what he's so good about, be the news and get publicity (for free).
--Manchester City have officially signed three Thailand internationals – Suree Sukha, Kiatprawut Saiwaew and Teerasil Dangda.
City boss Sven Goran Eriksson unveiled the trio at a press conference in Bangkok on Friday.
The high-flying Premier League club have been active in Asia during the international break and have already offered three players from Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua a trial in England.
"Before Dr. Thaksin (Shinawatra) became the club's chairman, we wanted to acquire so many players from different countries but we didn't have the money," Eriksson told a throng of reporters.
"Now with Dr Thaksin's support, we can together work to achieve his dream of developing football in Asia and especially in Thailand, and also to make Manchester City a global brand."
Right-back Suree was one of the most impressive players at the recent Asian Cup and, like centre-back Kiatprawut, plied his trade for Thailand league leaders Chonburi. Teerasil joins from second division outfit Muang Thong Jok United.Due to work permit issues, the trio are likely to be farmed out to clubs in Belgium or elsewhere for the foreseeable future.