Carlos Queiroz in talks with the KFA

The KFA (Korean Football Association) turn their attention to Querioz

The KFA has this week turned their attention to Iran coach Carlos Queiroz in their quest to hire a foreign coach to replace Shin Tae-yong when his contract ran out this week.  There was some talk that Shin Tae-yong might have been kept on after that win against Germany but that idea seems to have quickly evaporated. 

There is seemingly a determination within the KFA to make sure the next appointed manager will be a foreign coach, but that in itself isn’t a guarantee of success. The KFA hasn’t made a snap decision and are analyzing all the options available to them in an attempt to make sure they make a correct choice. 

Hyundai’s Chung Mong-gyu helps with his own cash

Hyundai Scion’s Chung Mong-gyu has handed over $3.5 million of his own money to help the KFA attain a competent foreign manager who will take on the KFA’s project and implement their plans that have been made to move Korean football forward on the international stage. 

Chung is the president of the KFA and he donated the money after the World Cup after South Korea failed to get out of the group stage. He expressed his hope that his cash would go towards funding a new manager. 

Candidates have been contacted 

Chung has said that candidates have been contacted to discuss possible contract terms. However, he also stated that it may take a while to find the right man for the job, which sounds like they’re working through a managerial hit list.

Querioz is now seemingly the man in the spotlight of the KFA. He has done a good job working with the Iranian national team and has a knowledge of the Asian section of World Cup qualifying. 

Iran is an Asian powerhouse anyway, but under Queiroz, they have become one of the most dominant sides in all of Asia. They are the highest ranked Asian nation for a reason because Iran barely loses games in Asia. South Korea has obviously taken note of this, and Iran’s performances in the World Cup were good too, despite having a difficult group. 

Would Querioz be good for South Korea?

I personally think Queiroz would be a good choice for Korea because of certain factors; he has worked in Asia for 7 years, all of that time has been spent managing Iran. Under his tutelage, Iran has been the most dominant team in Asia. 

Despite being 65 he seems like the type of manager who is around for the long term, the type of bloke who needs to be kicked out of the house, rather than him asking to leave. This would enable him to work on the KFA plan long term. If you keep changing managers it becomes impossible to develop a long-term plan and strategy. Out of the names listed so far, Queiroz would be near the top, if not top of realistic managers that could be brought in to manage the Korean national team and implement the new Korean FA development plan.  

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