South Korea name new caretaker as search goes on for Klinsmann successor

AFP , Monday 20 May 2024

South Korea said Monday they will have another caretaker coach in charge when they look to seal their place in the next round of qualifying for football's 2026 World Cup.

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File Photo: South Korea s Son Heung-min fights for the ball against Colombia s Jhon Jader Duran, right, and Colombia s Nelson Palacio during their friendly soccer match between South Korea and Colombia in Ulsan, South Korea, Friday, March 24, 2023. AP

Kim Do-hoon, whose previous job ended after he appeared to headbutt an assistant from an opposing team, will take over for two games next month.

Son Heung-min's South Korea sacked Jurgen Klinsmann in February and have yet to find a permanent replacement.

Under-23 coach Hwang Sun-hong took over for a 1-1 home draw with Thailand and the 3-0 win in the return fixture in Bangkok in March, leaving South Korea needing just a point from their two remaining games to guarantee progress in qualifying.

The Korea Football Association said that former international striker Kim will oversee matches away at Singapore on June 6 and home to China five days later.

"It is possible negotiations for the appointment of the national head coach will not be finalised by the matches in June," the KFA said in a statement.

"To prepare for such a case, we have decided to appoint Kim Do-hoon as interim coach for the two matches."

Kim coached Ulsan in the domestic K League from 2017 to 2020, taking them to the Asian Champions League crown.

His last job was as boss of Lion City Sailors in Singapore in 2021-2022. He left under a cloud when the league suspended him for three matches for violent conduct during an ill-tempered game.

The KFA had hoped to name a new full-time coach by early May, according to Yonhap News Agency.

But they are yet to get their man, with former Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch -- said to be a frontrunner -- instead taking over at Canada.

Canada, the United States and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup.

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