Sunday, August 28, 2005

Europeans listed for South Korea national coach

Former Sunderland star Ian Porterfield is one of the favourites to succeed Jo Bonfrere as coach of South Korea. Catching the eye of the Korean Football Association since arriving in the country in December 2002, Porterfield has led K-League team Busan I’cons to the championship in the 2004 KFA Cup and the first stage of the 2005 K-League.

"Since he has thorough knowledge of European soccer and has experienced Korean soccer for three years, he may be the best card, and will also end the controversy over whether to appoint a foreigner or a domestic coach," Donga news service commented.

Porterfield has previously coached English football clubs Chelsea and Bolton and the national teams of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Oman, and Trinidad and Tobago.

According to goal.com, however, Sir Bobby Robson has expressed interest in leading South Korea to the next World Cup. "If they thought that I was a good candidate, then I would obviously be interested in discussing that possibility, " the ex-coach of England, Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Newcastle was quoted as saying on South Korean television.

The list of prospective candidates is said to include Rudi Voeller, Berti Vogts, Bruno Metsu, Kevin Keegan, Mick McCarthy and Cha Bum-keun.

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