Coach Michael Kim leaves Klinsmann…will miss England game

Coach Michael Kim (Korean name Kim Young-min) is expected to leave the men’s national soccer team.

According to Yonhap News Agency on Aug. 31, an official from the Korea Football Association said that there have been discussions about the national team’s coaching staff since last August, adding, “We are now somewhat organized and will soon announce the reorganization of the national team’s coaching staff once the process is over.”

The official also said, “It is absolutely not the case that Coach Michael Kim is leaving the national team due to personal issues.”

Kim will reportedly help with the handover until October. However, he will miss the national team’s September trip to England.

Michael Kim, a Canadian national, was the coach of the South Korean national team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Since then, he has worked with Jeju United, Daejeon Hana Citizen, and FC Anyang in the K League.

In 2018, Michael Kim became the head of scouting at Suwon Samseong. About a month later, the Korea Football Association appointed him as a domestic coach alongside Choi Tae-wook, and he joined the national team under Paulo Bento.

With the departure of Michael Kim, Klinsmann will be joined by head coach Andreas Harechok, assistant coach Paolo Stringara, goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke and physical coach Werner Reutard.

Klinsmann took over the reins of the national team from Paulo Bento in February. However, he has had a disappointing start to his tenure with two draws and two defeats in four matches. He has also been criticized for his work style of staying mostly abroad. 토토사이트

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