Korea Wants Dutch Coach to Help Unlock European Rivals at World Cup

Ton Du Chatinier Ton Du Chatinier

Korea is looking for a Dutch coach to support the national team and provide more insider knowledge of European sides ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Korea Football Association is reportedly trying to hire Ton Du Chatinier, who worked as an assistant manager under Guus Hiddink from 2012-13 at Russian club FC Anzhi Makhachkala. Hiddink famously led Korea to the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup it co-hosted with Japan.

Korea's current manager Hong Myung-bo became acquainted with Du Chatinier when he spent five months in Russia among Anzhi’s coaching staff earlier this year to gain more managerial experience.

"At the request of Hong, who wants a coach with a lot of knowledge of European football, we have been trying to negotiate a deal (with him) for the last two weeks," the KFA said on Sunday.

Du Chatinier played as a defender for FC Utrecht from 1977 to 1987 and managed the club from 2008 to 2011, during which time he took it to the Europa League.

As Du Chatinier has worked as a coach in Russia for two years, he has gained a solid understanding of the country's national team, which mainly comprises players from its domestic league. He also believed to be very knowledgeable about the Belgian national team due to its geographical proximity to the Netherlands.

Dutch daily De Telegraaf reported on Saturday that Du Chatinier wants to take part in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with Korea, saying it is a "great" experience for any coach to be part of the World Cup.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 16, 2013 10:09 KST