Hwang Sun-hong named caretaker coach of national football team

Hwang Sun-hong appointed as interim manager for South Korean national team

U-23 Korean national team manager Hwang Sun-hong has been appointed as the interim manager of the senior national team by the Korea Football Association (KFA), as announced on Tuesday. Hwang, who led his team to victory at the Hangzhou Asian Games, will now juggle both roles as he takes charge of the senior team for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Thailand next month. Additionally, he will lead the U-23 team in the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Asian Cup in Qatar, a key tournament for Olympic qualification.

The decision to appoint Hwang comes after the KFA dismissed Jurgen Klinsmann following South Korea’s disappointing exit from the AFC Asian Cup. Initially set on hiring a permanent manager, the National Team Committee changed course and opted for a caretaker boss to allow more time to find a suitable long-term replacement. This change in plans was prompted by backlash from fans over rumors of recruiting a coach from the domestic K League 1, with coaches like Hong Myung-bo and Kim Hak-bum in contention.

Despite reports linking Park Hang-seo to the role, the committee ultimately selected Hwang as their top choice. After offering him the position and allowing time for consideration, Hwang accepted the role, as confirmed by committee chief Chung Hae-sung. With the task of leading both national teams in crucial tournaments ahead, Hwang’s experience in international competitions and knowledge of Asian football make him a solid choice for the interim position.

This move represents the KFA’s commitment to ensuring the success of both the senior and U-23 national teams under Hwang’s leadership. As he navigates this dual role, all eyes will be on him as he steers the teams through important competitions with the goal of securing strong performances and positive results. The appointment of Hwang is a strategic decision aimed at stabilizing and strengthening both national teams during this transitional period.

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