Despite refusing to resign following Korea’s shock 3-2 loss in Qatar and expressing that he is fully focused on Korea’s two remaining World Cup qualifiers, Uli Stielike will, according to reports, be sacked tomorrow at 1am EST, 2pm KST, when the KFA’s Technical Committee convenes.
The Technical Committee chair, Lee Yong-soo, told Yonhap News yesterday that the entire committee will resign tomorrow and that they will leave at the same time as the Korean boss. “We have not yet received any word as to his resignation,” said Lee.
Stielike claims that “(He) haven’t given resigning any thought. I’m focused on the most important thing, which is the two remaining qualifiers.”
However, he isn’t living in denial, saying, “Whether I will be the head coach or someone else will be on the bench is of secondary importance. I will accept the decision of the technical committee.”
The Technical Committee however has the power to sack the manager and it appears that they are set on doing so.
Another high-ranking official on the committee said “We are holding on to second place, and the general feeling around the KFA is that even if we do qualify for the World Cup, we won’t be so competitive if we play the way we have.”
Reports suggest that the team’s new assistant manager, Jung Hae-seong, will be promoted to interim boss until September (after the two final qualifiers) before the KFA searches for a replacement. Jung was a coach at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups under Guus Hiddink and Huh Jung-moo.