South Korea appoint Kim Do-hoon as second interim for upcoming 2026 qualifiers

May 21 – As the wait goes on to appoint a permanent coach in succession to Jurgen Klinsmann who was sacked in February, South Korea have announced that another caretaker will be in charge when they look to seal their place in the next round of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.

Kim Do-hoon, whose previous job ended after he appeared to headbutt an assistant from an opposing team, will take over for two games next month.

Under-23 coach Hwang Sun-hong took charge of a 1-1 home draw with Thailand and the 3-0 win in the return fixture in Bangkok in March, leaving South Korea needing just a point from their two remaining games to guarantee progress.

But the Korea Football Association say former international striker Kim will oversee matches away at Singapore on June 6 and home to China five days later.

“It is possible negotiations for the appointment of the national head coach will not be finalised by the matches in June,” the KFA said in a statement. “To prepare for such a case, we have decided to appoint Kim Do-hoon as interim coach for the two matches.”

Kim coached Ulsan in the domestic K League from 2017 to 2020, taking them to the Asian Champions League crown. His last job was as boss of Lion City Sailors in Singapore in 2021-2022. He left under a cloud when the league suspended him for three matches for violent conduct during an ill-tempered game.

The KFA had hoped to name a new full-time coach by early May but are yet to get their man, with former Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch – said to be a frontrunner – instead taking over at Canada.

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