‘Hidingk Master’ Philippe Coku Interested in Korean National Team Coach… Park Ji-sung’s Last Coach Netherlands Legend

February 21, 2024 | by

Dutch star-turned-leaders are interested in replacing Jurgen Klinsmann as head coach of the Korean national team.

According to a football official on the 20th, coach Philippe Cocou expressed interest in coaching the Korean national team through an agent.

Coco is a European star coach. He played as a team player for six seasons from the late 1990s when he was active in Barcelona. He teamed up with Pep Guardiola, the current Manchester City coach who is considered one of the world’s best coaches, as a midfield duo. He was coached by Bobby Robson, Louis van Gaal and Frank Rijkart at the time.

He is also close to Hiddink, who led Team Korea to the semi-finals in 2002. He was coached by Hiddink for the Dutch national team from 1995 to 1998. Since then, he was also with Team Netherlands. After returning to PSV Eindhoven in 2004, he played together until 2006. Notably, during the 2004-2005 season, he advanced to the semifinals of the Union of European Football Associations (UCL) along with “Korean soccer legends” Park Ji-sung and Lee Young-pyo.

His relationship with Park continued even after he transformed into a new leader. Coco became an official PSV coach during the 2013-2014 season, and Park Ji-sung also left the Queens Park Rangers (QPR) and moved to PSV on loan. When Park retired, Coco became the last leader to join him 노래방알바.

His managerial career outside of PSV was not that good. He won three league titles (2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2017-2018) and one KNVB Cup (2011-2012), but failed to achieve good performance thereafter at Fenerbahce in Turkey, Derby County in England, and Pitesser in the Netherlands. His last coach position was Pitesser, who led the team for about a year before resigning in November last year.

There are good reasons for Koku to show interest in the head coach of the Korean national team. First of all, Koku needs a turnaround in his leadership career. Earlier, Paulo Bento led the Korean national team and succeeded in advancing to the round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, laying the groundwork for his comeback. In addition, the Korean national team’s all-time team is attractive from a coach’s point of view. Although it is an Asian team, it can guide active stars in Europe such as Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), Lee Kang-in (Paris-Saint-Germain), and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Coco is not the only foreign coach who has shown interest in Korean coaching. “Barcelona Legends” Frank DeBoer and Bert van Marwijk are also known to be interested in them. DeBoer led Ajax to four consecutive league wins from 2010 to 2014, but his coaching career got twisted afterwards. He worked for Inter Milan, Crystal Palace, and the Al Jazeera Club of the United Arab Emirates, but failed to produce any results. He also finished in the round of 16 at Euro 2020, when he served as the Dutch national team coach. Van Marwijk, who was previously linked to Korea, has played for several Asian teams including Saudi Arabia, Australia, and the UAE national team, but has no team yet after being replaced in 2022.

In addition to the Dutch coach, the news that Steve Bruce, a British coach, showed interest in the Korean national team was reported through the British Mirror on the 20th (Korea time). However, the Korea Football Association seems to be focusing on the appointment of a domestic coach rather than a foreign coach.


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