Stielike's Future in Balance After Qatar Football Debacle

  • By Lee Tae-dong

    June 15, 2017 13:18

    Uli Stielike /Newsis

    Korea's national football team manager Uli Stielike is close to being sacked after a shock defeat to Qatar on Tuesday in the final round of the Asian qualifier for the 2018 World Cup.

    Lee Yong-soo of the Korea Football Association's technical committee on Wednesday said, "We are in need of change at the moment. We will hold a meeting on Thursday and have a serious discussion about the future of our team with Stielike."

    Stielike said, "A manager should take responsibility for results. I will accept whatever decisions are made."

    But he is not considering resigning. "I am not thinking of resigning from the position voluntarily. We won all four home matches in this final qualifying round. There is still a possibility that Korea can qualify for the world cup."

    Stielike's contract with the KFA depends on whether Korea qualifies for the upcoming world cup. If it does, then the contract runs until Korea gets eliminated. If Korea fails to qualify, his contract will be over at the end of the final match of the qualifier against Uzbekistan in early September.

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