Players behind Verbeek
South Korean players hope head coach will rethink his decision to resign.
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2007 15:55 GMT
South Korea's team was criticised for their
Asian Cup goal drought [AFP]
Members of South Korea's national football team are attempting to convince their coach to resume his post after he stood down from his position.
South Korea's players hope the Korean Football Association will not terminate Pim Verbeek's contract after he resigned in the wake of the side's third-place Asian Cup play-off win.
"There is no one who knows Korean players as well as Verbeek. The players are even saying we should try and stop him," striker Lee Chun-so said after arriving back in Seoul.
Verbeek worked as an assistant coach at the 2002 and 2006 World Cup tournaments before being named head coach in June 2006.

However, the side came under heavy criticism from local media over the team's defensive tactics during the Asian Cup.

The side failed to score in their last three matches, forcing penalty shootouts on each occasion.

"People are talking about problems with his tactics but they're the same ones we used when Gus Hiddink was coach. We are the problem, not the coach," Lee said.

"Verbeek's tactics and training methods are good," striker Lee Keun-ho said.

"This is not just the coach's responsibility. Rather, it's ours."

The KFA is scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday and discuss its strategy for finding a replacement.

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