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South Korea in coaching crisis
Korea's football team are still without a coach ahead of the 2010 WC qualifiers.
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2007 11:13 GMT

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has reportedly turned down the Korea head coach role [GALLO/GETTY]

South Korea's football association has insisted it will name a new national coach this week despite both of its high-profile candidates ruling themselves out.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) said it had narrowed its choice down to Frenchman Gerard Houllier or Wolverhampton coach Mick McCarthy, but McCarthy announced he would stay with his current club in England late on Wednesday and negotiations with Houllier fell over at the last minute.
"I was very flattered to be contacted but I have always been committed to the job at Wolves and I'm staying," McCarthy told BBC Sport.
 
South Korea's search for a new head coach took another twist on Thursday after Houllier also turned down the job.
 

"Houllier had agreed on the deal but the French football association and his family were against it."

You Young-cheul,
KFA spokesman

"The negotiations broke off after we got to the final signing stage," You Young-cheul KFA spokesman, said by telephone.
 
"Houllier had agreed on the deal but the French football association and his family were against it."
 
You said the KFA had prepared other options for such an eventuality and that a new head coach could still be named before the end of the week.

Ka Sam-Hyun, KFA secretary-general, has been in Europe since late November to speak with foreign candidates, but would not confirm whether either of the two candidates had officially withdrawn from consideration.
 
2010 qualifiers loom
 
Houllier, 60, is a former head coach of the French national team who also managed Liverpool and Olympique Lyon, while McCarthy played for Ireland and guided its national team to the second round of the World Cup in 2002.
 
The South Korean managerial post has been vacant since July when Dutchman Pim Verbeek, who was unveiled as Australia's new coach on Thursday, resigned following a third-place showing at the Asian Cup.
 
Verbeek's successor will be expected to ensure South Korea make the World Cup finals in 2010, starting with qualifying in February next year.
 
South Korea have been drawn with Turkmenistan, Jordan, and arch-rivals North Korea.
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