The World Cup in Brazil reaches its climax
this weekend with Sunday’s final. No one ever expected Korea to still be in
it, but everyone hoped they’d put in a stronger showing than they did.
Head Coach Hong Myung-bo has stepped down to take responsibility, but the deep-rooted
problems with Korean football remain. Song Ji-sun reports.
Someone had to take responsibility… and this time it was two people who withdrew from
their positions. The vice president of the Korea Football Association
stepped down on Thursday… along with head coach Hong Myung-bo.
The seat is empty for now, but it won’t be an easy position to fill.
Ten managers have held the highly coveted seat over the past dozen years,… after Gus
Hiddink led the Korean squad to a fourth place finish at the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup.
But each has only stayed for slightly over an year on average, after one or more losses
in international matches that brought them under fire.
Selection of the national team coach has generally been a top-down decision from Korea’s Football
Association. Its technical committee must provide professional
insight to the process, but lacks the authority to influence the decision-making process.
Now, the incumbent president of Korea’s football governing body says that will change. “We plan to reform the technical committee
so the team can perform better on the international stage.
We’ll also restructure all levels of the organization so that it better caters to the national squad’s
needs.” Those reforms… and the selection of candidates
for national team coach must take place soon,… with the next international match set for
September and the Asian Cup in January just six months away.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News.