The Korea Football Association on Wednesday denied reports that it has been in contact with Colombian manager Jorge Luis Pinto, who led Costa Rica to quarterfinals of this year's World Cup in Brazil.
"Pinto is one of 40 managers in the pool that we have considered, but we never contacted him at the association level. We have narrowed down candidates to four to five and are in talks with them," Lee Yong-soo of the KFA's technical committee said.
The urgent search for a new manager has been going on since Korea's miserable rout in the World Cup.
Pinto had told Peruvian TV channel ATV the day before that he has been contacted by both Korea and Peru for the manager's job.
"We expanded the pool by lowering the requirements we initially set out. Among four or five candidates we've made some progress and even talked about salaries and other details," Lee said. "The most important thing is to bring in someone with passion and devotion to Korean football."
Lee talked about the difficulty of finding a new manager. "There are fewer people who'd consider the position than we expected. When I ask candidates whether they're interested in the position, many say they'd rather work in Europe," he said.
"Even candidates who don't have a job at the moment said they'd rather wait for offers from European teams."