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The appointment of Hong Myung-bo as if he were ‘Operation 007’…Ulsan owner’s big decision → KFA announced 30 minutes later

It was reminiscent of Operation 007. It took less than 48 hours for the Korea Football Association (KFA), the top-level Korean football organization in crisis, to finally appoint Ulsan HD coach Hong Myung-bo as the new head coach for the men’s A team.

The KFA said in a text message that it has appointed Hong as the next coach of the A national team at 2:09 p.m. on the 7th. Hong, who participated in the 2014 Brazil World Cup after taking the helm of the A-team from 2013 to 2014, will lead the A-team again for the first time in 10 years. The national team will appoint a new head in five months after Jurgen Klinsmann stepped down in February. Lee Im-saeng, technical director and head of the technical development committee of the KFA, who has completed the appointment of the coach, will hold a briefing on the appointment of Hong at 10 a.m. on the 8th at the Korea Football Center in Shinmun-ro, Seoul.

It took a long time to get out of the dark tunnel. The KFA’s power reinforcement committee, which appoints the national team’s head coach, convened for the first time in February with Chairman Chung Hae-sung as the centerpiece to draw up a list of candidates for the next head coach. At that time, Hong was also the top-ranked candidate among Korean leaders, but the committee decided to contact foreign leaders first.

However, the move was slower than expected. In April, the committee met with Jesse Marsi as its top negotiator, but the situation was against basic conditions such as annual salary. He took the helm of the Canadian national team. Other than this, the team failed to hold close negotiations with other contenders, including Jesus Casas and Bruno Raz.

The committee, which operated the A-team under interim coaches Hwang Sun-hong and Kim Do-hoon during the March and June A-match periods, respectively, has created a group of candidates from the ground up. Above all, the committee has decided to select who can realistically negotiate through failed negotiations with coach Masi. The KFA did not support financial support to recruit a foreign leader with outstanding reputation and career. As there are more world-class players including Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and Lee Kang-in (PSG), the committee also called for reviewing domestic leaders, rather than using only foreign leaders who have less continuous management of the national team.

At the eighth meeting on June 3, 12 candidates were selected. Then, the candidates were narrowed down to four through the ninth and 10th meetings that took place on June 18 and 21, respectively. The names were Hong, the coach of the Iraqi team Casas, Gus Foyet from Uruguay, and David Wagner from Germany. Australia’s leading coach Graham Arnold and Kim Do-hoon, who were frequently mentioned in Korea, were not included in the final interview because they failed to score high scores.

Various opinions were exchanged at the committee. Chairman Chung Hae-sung gave the final ranking overall, with Hong receiving the highest score. In addition to his experiences with success and failure in national teams at various levels, he gave high marks for leading Ulsan to its second consecutive win in the K League 1 through its mature leadership. It was also positive that he could partially accept KFA’s realistic conditions. 메이저놀이터

However, there was a discord with a high-ranking KFA official while Chung reported Hong as the top negotiator. At the time, there were rumors that there was a line to support Arnold, who was reportedly recommended by Guus Hiddink to a KFA official. Chung expressed his intention to resign on April 28, and the KFA left the task to Lee Im-saeng.

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