The Korea Football Association once again faces the task of appointing a new national team manager after Hong Myung-bo resigned over the team's poor showing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
KFA president Chung Mong-gyu told reporters Thursday he hopes to find a new manager "shortly." As there is an international match scheduled for September, the new manager will have to be appointed at least by next month, and with just six months remaining until the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia in January, he has his work cut out.
Candidates may not be overjoyed at their chance in the ejector seat. After the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, all five candidates to succeed Huh Jung-moo declined to take the offer. Hong tendered his resignation twice before, but the KFA dissuaded him because they knew it would be difficult to find a replacement.
The KFA will consider both Korean and foreign candidates, though there are rumors that it is leaning toward a foreign manager after three Koreans -- Cho Kwang-rae, Choi Kang-hee, and Hong -- quit amid much controversy. Since Dutchman Pim Verbeek left the Korean team in 2007, all managers have been Korean.
The problem is the cost. Apart from the salary, a foreign manager costs much more money as the KFA will pay for interpreters and living expenses.
Hong was paid W800 million (US$1=W1,014) a year.
Among Korean candidates, Hwang Sun-hong of Pohang Steelers is being mooted as he has a proven record of managing the club.