Korean football body set to reshuffle executives

By Yonhap

Published : Nov 3, 2017 - 15:08
Updated : Nov 3, 2017 - 15:08

South Korea's football governing body is likely to conduct a personnel reshuffle next week amid growing calls for change that was sparked by the national team's poor performance, an official with the organization said Friday.

The Korea Football Association is expected to make an executive reshuffle as its president Chung Mong-gyu has pledged last month, the official said. Chung previously apologized for the national team's slump and corruption scandal during a press conference, while promising that he will come up with a restructuring plan.

"As Chung said previously, we'll likely see an outline for the personnel reshuffle next week," the official said on condition of anonymity. "It will include measures for various problems raised against us."

In this file photo taken on Oct. 19, 2017, Korea Football Association President Chung Mong-gyu speaks at a press conference at the KFA House in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Chung is reportedly considering forming a new executive group mainly targeting vice presidents and directors.

Already, Kim Ho-gon, a vice president who headed the KFA technical committee, on Thursday offered his resignation. Kim is responsible for signing former South Korea under-23 national team head coach Shin Tae-yong as the skipper for the senior squad. South Korea, under Shin's control, has yet to collect a victory since July.

Kim's exit leaves four vice presidents -- former KFA technical committee chief Lee Yong-soo; current KFA competitions committee head Cho Byung-deuk; Incheon Football Association President Jung Tae-jun and former Seoul Sports Council Vice President Shim Tae-hyung.

Sources said Chung may replace them with "young and talented" people.

While searching for a successor for Kim's position, Chung will also try to form a committee that only handles the hiring of national team coaches. The coach recruitment job is currently managed by the technical committee, but the 55-year-old leader previously said he wants to make the committee more focused on setting long term plans for the national team. (Yonhap)


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