Men’s national soccer coach Michael Kim (Korean name Kim Young-min) will reportedly step down from his position.”There have been discussions regarding the national team coaching staff since August,” an official from the Korea Football Association said on Aug. 31, adding, “We are now somewhat organized and will soon announce the reorganization of the national team coaching staff once the process is completed.” Michael Kim, who was born in 1973, was appointed as the national team coach in August 2018 when Paulo Bento took over. The Canadian national served as South Korea’s coach at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has since coached in professional soccer with Jeju United, Daejeon Hana Citizen and Shanghai, China. When Jürgen Klinsmann took over the reins of the national team at the end of the World Cup in Qatar last year, he was the only member of the ‘Ventojo’ coaching staff to remain on the Klinsmann boat. Recently, Klinsmann was criticized for not being in the country and working from home more often than not. “You have no idea how many calls I make and how much contact I have with my advisor Chaduri and coach Michael Kim,” Klinsmann said .A Fifa official confirmed that “there will be some new faces coming in as part of this coaching staff reshuffle,” but the current coaching staff includes head coach Andreas Harečok, assistant coach Paolo Stringara, goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke, and physical coach Werner Reutard. However, Michael Kim will help with the handover until October and will miss the national team’s September trip to England. “It is absolutely not the case that Coach Michael Kim is stepping down from the national team due to personal issues,” said an association official. Klinsmann, who took over the reins of the national team in February, has not won a game in four matches with two draws and two losses, and is facing growing criticism over the team’s expatriate working arrangements, and the loss of Michael Kim, who has been credited with building bridges between the foreign coaching staff and the players, will add to the pressure for the September trip to England. The team is scheduled to convene at Incheon Airport on Sept. 4 and depart for England, where it will play two friendlies against Wales 토토 and Saudi Arabia.

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