The Korea Football Association has started to work in earnest to land a new coach for the national team.
The KFA said on Tuesday that Lee Yong-soo, the head of the association's technical committee, left for the Netherlands to meet with Bert van Marwijk, currently considered the favorite candidate.
During a technical committee meeting held last Thursday, Lee outlined the criteria for the next manager. He should have experience in leading a team beyond the group stage in the World Cup and managing a team in the continental championships, be younger than 66 years old and be able to start work at the earliest time possible. Van Marwijk seems to meet all the criteria.
He led the Dutch team to the final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, losing to the then-champion Spain. After he was sacked by Hamburg in Germany's Bundesliga in February, he has taken a break. There were rumors about his potential signing with KRC Genk in Belgium recently, but van Marwijk told Dutch media on Tuesday that he has not signed with Genk.
The biggest issue between the KFA and van Marwijk may be his salary. The KFA reportedly considered a salary around W2 billion (US$1=W1,030) with some room for negotiation. Guus Hiddink was paid around W1 billion when he managed the Korean team in the 2002 World Cup.
Lee has already said that the KFA cannot afford an excessive salary to fill the position. As the manager of the Dutch national team, van Marwijk earned US$2.7 million four years ago.