Talks with former Dutch national coach Bert van Marwijk to head the Korean football team have fallen through, the Korea Football Association said Sunday.
The KFA briefed reporters on Monday but declined to give further details citing respect for his privacy.
Van Marwijk was initially said to be "very interested" in the job and had prepared a detailed analysis of Korea's three matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for the talks.
But it seems that the two sides were unable to reconcile their difference over contract terms.
Last week, van Marwijk inquired whether his salary would be taxed.
The KFA was apparently unable to offer a salary of more than W2 billion (US$1=W1,022).
Observers speculate that van Marwijk either baulked at the salary or at the time he was to be obliged to spend in Korea, asking the KFA to guarantee sufficient time he could spend with his family in the Netherlands.
The KFA last month said there are three foreign candidates for the job, so now the KFA will have to start talks with the other two.
Their names have not been disclosed, but based on the criteria boffins guess they could include Milovan Rajevac of Serbia, Jorge Luis Pinto of Colombia, José Antonio Camacho of Spain, Alejandro Sabella of Argentina, and Colombia's Luis Fernando Suárez.