Football governing body seeking to name new technical chief this week: official

2014/07/21 17:53

SEOUL, July 21 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean governing body of football will seek to soon select its new technical chief, whose primary responsibility will be to name a national team head coach, an official said on Monday.

Lee Hae-doo, the head of external cooperation at the Korea Football Association (KFA), said that KFA chief Chung Mong-gyu presided over a meeting of the association's executives on Monday. Among other issues, the officials discussed naming of the new head of the KFA's technical committee and also of the new head coach of the national team, Lee said.

According to Lee, the participants of the meeting said they will try to bring in the new technical chief within this week and to redefine roles and responsibilities of the position in the coming days.

In the wake of South Korea's winless World Cup in Brazil, Hong Myung-bo resigned as the national team head coach. Hwangbo Kwan also stepped down as the technical committee chief, leaving two key positions in South Korean football vacant.

Once Hwangbo's replacement is named, the technical committee itself will also be restructured, Lee said.

"We talked about appointing active head coaches of the K League Classic, coaches at the collegiate level, and former coaches of the national team to the technical committee," Lee added.

Sources say Lee Yong-soo, a popular television commentator who was the technical committee head during the 2002 World Cup co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, is among the candidates, along with Kim Hak-beom, former head coach of Seongnam, a K League club.

Lee Hae-doo said the KFA, meanwhile, is in no hurry to name Hong Myung-bo's successor.

"The consensus at today's meeting was that we must never rush to pick the new head coach," Lee said. "I understand it may seem as though we might be taking too much time, but we all agreed that we'd rather err on the side of caution."

   South Korea is scheduled to play two friendly matches in September in preparation for the Asian Cup tournament in January in Australia. Lee said if the KFA is unable to name the new coach by then, it's willing to bring in an interim coach for the two September matches.