South Korea sack head coach Stielike

Michele Moreno
June 17, 2017

Lee Yong-soo (C), head of the Korea Football Association's (KFA) technical committee, announces his resignation and the sacking of Uli Stielike, head coach of South Korea's World Cup team, at the National Football Center in Paju, north of Seoul, on June 15, 2017, taking responsibility for the team's latest poor performance.

The new Premier League season kicks off in eight weeks' time, on August 12, and South Korea have crunch World Cup qualifiers on August 31 and September 5. "And we notified Stielike about this before the press conference and he accepted the decision". "The most important task for the next coach will be to boost the players' morale and building up a new team".

The German Stielike had been at the post since September 2014, when he took over for former boss Hong Myung-bo. Just months later he led them to the Asian Cup final-without conceding a single goal en route-before they went down 2-1 to hosts Australia in Sydney.

If Korea ends up finishing third in the group, they will have to play the third-ranked teams from the other groups, as only the top two teams will be given another shot at the World Cup in Russian Federation at 2018.

"The operation was successful", KFA Spokesman Cho Jun-Heon told AFP, adding that Son will stay in South Korea to focus on his recovery.

But trouble set in during Asia's final round of World Cup qualifiers, especially when they lost 0-1 to China in March - only their second loss to the Chinese in 32 games.

"Since the contract mentions that Stielike's contract will automatically end only if Korea gets eliminated from group qualification and Korea is still ranked second in the group with two matches remaining, the option of automatic conclusion does not apply", said a KFA associate.

South Korean media have speculated about possible replacements including Huh Jung-Moo, who led the team to the last 16 at the 2010 World Cup, and Under-20s coach Shin Tae-Young.

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