Hayley McQueen is writing this blog from her hotel room in the amazing city of Bangkok – now home to former United captain and current club ambassador Bryan Robson.
Hayley's there to make a special documentary for MUTV, following Robbo's every move in his first fortnight as the head coach of Thailand's national team.
Days Three & Four
After several days in Thailand, I still have jet lag – plus a few tasty insect bites – and we have done quite a lot since I last blogged including an MTV Cribs-style look around Bryan’s Bangkok penthouse and my first Saturday night out in the city. This largely consisted of watching a lot of football on big plasma screens in the comfortable and classy surroundings of the official Manchester United bar & restaurant.
Thailand is a country that’s very proud of its national dishes but everything on the menu in this Manchester-themed venue is typically English, from burger & chips (Bryan’s choice) to traditional Old Trafford fish & chips. We even met a few authentic Mancunians enjoying the win over Bolton while the rain poured down outside… just like home!
We decided to do something relaxing on Sunday morning before another day’s filming. A traditional Thai massage was the order of the day and it was pretty brutal - MUTV cameraman Ash has bruises and I have a lovely Chinese burn on my wrist. Naturally I had to go for a swim and a spell in the Jacuzzi to recover after that!
I’ve been collecting the local papers and Bryan has featured on the back pages every day since his arrival. There’s always news of United too – for example, there were six different articles on the Bangkok Post’s back page on Sunday following the win over Bolton. Everywhere we’ve been we have seen United shirts. Liverpool seem to be pretty popular too as do Arsenal, who have strong academy links with Beco Tero Sasana, a team in the Thai Premier League. City? When we mention we are from Manchester, the Thai people only seem to know United – quite surprising considering their former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra used to own the Blues.
After a spot of lunch with Bryan, where he was briefed about the national players by his assistant Steve Darby, we headed out for the day to watch more football. This time we watched Muang Thong take on Beco - the Thai Premier League’s answer to United vs Arsenal.