Guus Hiddink has agreed to become the honorary manager of the Korean national soccer after he retires, the Dutch coach said on Saturday.
The offer from FIFA Vice President Chung Mong-joon reached Hiddink in Korea, which he is visiting for the first time in 14 months to attend the opening of a soccer field in Ulsan on Tuesday, one of projects of the Guus Hiddink Foundation for disabled children.
The soccer field, which will officially be launched on Tuesday, is one of a number of projects conducted by the Guus Hiddink Foundation to help children with disabilities.
Hiddink, who is revered in Korea after leading the team to the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup, also commented on how proud he was at seeing the success of Manchester United forward Park Ji-sung.
When Hiddink first signed Park to play for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league after Korea's most memorable World Cup, Park had a hard time adjusting, but now he has emerged as one of the top players from the continent.
"Now Ji-sung has grown into a player whom even I respect," the 64-year-old said. "[I'm] so proud of him whenever I meet him," he added.