Shin gets nod as new South Korea coach

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS - SEOUL:

For­mer un­der-20 boss Shin Tae-Yong was given the task of res­cu­ing South Korea’s tee­ter­ing World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign when he was named as the coun­try’s new na­tional team boss yes­ter­day. Shin re­places Uli Stielike, 62, South Korea’s long­est-serv­ing coach, who was axed last month af­ter a shock de­feat to Qatar left them in dan­ger of miss­ing direct qual­i­fi­ca­tion to Rus­sia 2018. South Korea are seek­ing to reach their ninth con­sec­u­tive World Cup, a run which in­cludes mak­ing the semi-fi­nals on home soil in 2002. The Taeguk War­riors’ 3-2 de­feat to Qatar-the first in 32 years against that coun­try-fol­lowed ear­lier losses to China and Iran and left them cling­ing to the last direct qual­i­fy­ing spot in Group A with two games to go. Shin, 46, is a for­mer mid­fielder for Seong­nam Il­hwa Chunma and Bris­bane Roar, where he had a brief stint as as­sis­tant coach be­fore grad­u­at­ing to be­come man­ager of the K-League Clas­sic club in 2010. He has a rep­u­ta­tion as a trou­bleshooter and led the na­tional U23s ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics, af­ter his pre­de­ces­sor left in 2015 with can­cer. —AFP

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