Following Park Joo-ho, Lee Young-pyo’s criticism of his decision…”Honored Hong Myung-bo. There’s a problem.”

KBS commentator Lee Young-pyo, who served as vice chairman of the Korea Football Association, criticized the controversy over the appointment of Ulsan HD coach Hong Myung-bo as the national soccer team coach, saying, “There are quite administrative problems.”

“We should have asked Foye (former Greek national coach), Wagner (former Norwich coach) and Hong Myung-bo (former Norwich coach) and made the announcement after communicating with the committee members. The biggest problem is that the process has been omitted,” Lee said in an appearance on JTBC’s “Newsroom” on the 9th.
“It was definitely not that the (Football Association) tried to select a domestic coach in the first place,” Lee said. “In mid-to-late April, there was a move to select and find a foreign coach quite actively.”

“I experienced firsthand how one good foreign coach (Gus Hiddink) changes teams during the 2002 World Cup,” he said. “After 20 years, the golden generation of Son Heung-min, Hwang In-beom, Kim Min-jae, Lee Kang-in and Lee Jae-sung appeared, and if a foreign coach comes here, there was an expectation that ‘something really good will happen at the 2026 World Cup.'”

“I really want to (instead) apologize for the result. I failed to invite a coach that the fans could be satisfied with. The biggest problem in the process of selecting the coach was disappointing the fans,” Lee said. “The association made various administrative mistakes. If mistakes are repeated, they can be seen as skills, not mistakes. Overall change is needed (as a series of processes).”

Lee also appeared in an interview with KBS on the day. On Hong Myung-bo, who is currently leading Ulsan HD, as the coach of the national team, he said, “It is a decision that K-League fans cannot accept and cannot understand. It is quite doubtful whether such a decision can lead to support for the national team.”

“I think we see the limitations of our soccer players, including myself,” Lee said of the KFA’s process of appointing the national team coach, adding, “The soccer players, including me, should literally disappear,” adding, “I agree with the criticism that Korean soccer has regressed.”

He also explained that he made a statement to the effect that “the head coach of Liverpool will come at the level of Jürgen Klopp” on KBS Radio YouTube in May. “At the time of making that statement, the association actually showed an active attitude by contacting famous overseas coaches. This time, I said, ‘Let’s trust the association’ because there was an expectation that we would bring a really good coach,’ and added, “I will never say let’s trust the association again.” “I want to apologize (to soccer fans).” 메이저사이트

Earlier, the Korea Football Association appointed Hong as the next national team coach on the 7th. It has been five months since the dismissal of former coach Jurgen Klinsmann in February. In this regard, there was strong criticism both inside and outside the soccer community for the fact that Hong, who had already failed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, would take the helm again and that he would take out the team manager during the K-League season.

In the meantime, Park Joo-ho, a soccer commentator who has been participating in the search for the next head coach for five months as a member of the Korea Football Association’s power reinforcement committee, revealed on his YouTube channel on the 8th that “the association’s appointment of a coach was a build-up to appoint a domestic coach.”

The Korea Football Association said, “Park’s disclosure of internal affairs of the power enhancement committee is a violation of the confidentiality agreement,” adding, “We are considering legal action.” However, most soccer experts and fans are criticizing the association for calling for legal action rather than clarifying or apologizing for raising legitimate issues.

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