“The risk of being demoted was external thought. The Korean team has effectively decided to stay. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann will continue to lead the Korean national team. It has been confirmed that Klinsmann has no will to resign, and Chung Mong-gyu, president of the Korea Football Association, the top decision maker, has no will to dismiss.
The Korean national team failed to advance to the semifinals due to its shock loss at the 2023 Qatar Asian Cup. Criticism has been mounting against Klinsmann, who led the team. There are mounting voices calling for his resignation and calling for his replacement. However, this voice did not hurt Coach Klinsmann or Chairman Chung at all. They are united in their determination to stay together in the future.
Coach Klinsmann, who arrived at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday, expressed his thoughts with a smile.
First, he stressed once again that he has no intention of resigning. When asked about his intention to resign, he said something else at length. “I wanted to win the title, but I couldn’t achieve my goal. Jordan was a much better team, and Jordan deserved to advance to the final. Also, as the games were held in the Middle East, many East Asian teams struggled. Not only us, but also Japan and China. Middle East teams played in an atmosphere similar to home games in some ways,” Klinsmann said.
“We advanced to the semifinals. It cannot be considered a failure. There were many positive aspects in advancing to the semifinals. I would like to compliment our players. I will prepare well for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in North and Central America,” he said, adding that there is no resignation. He self-praised himself for being successful.
Asked why he wanted to resign, Klinsmann said, “I don’t know why,” the coach replied, “I don’t know why.” Even though people at the airport threw taffy and shouted “Go to the U.S., I don’t know why.” This means that no atmosphere for resignation has been created within the Korea Football Association. They were only out in the open. Klinsmann is living in a completely different world. Indeed, Chung also sent a message of support to Klinsmann. That is why he can be so confident.
Klinsmann disclosed the conversation he had with Chung. The conversation between the two involved only positive content. Chung`s willingness to dismiss him is 0 percent.
“We had two meetings in Qatar with Chung. We talked about this and that over coffee. Especially, we talked a lot about the championship. Of course, we had a lot of positive things to say. We need to analyze the upcoming event and make improvements in performance and other aspects. We also talked a lot about these things with Chung. We also talked about how we will prepare for the upcoming second consecutive match against Thailand, which is just around the corner. We will do our best to bring good results in the World Cup qualifying round,” Klinsmann said.
Chung chose not to dismiss him but to prepare for the World Cup qualifying round with Klinsmann. There was no mention of his resignation or dismissal. He meant that he would close his ears to the angry voices of Korean soccer fans and start a World Cup of his own. In this regard, Klinsmann and Chung shared the same sentiment.
The decisive reason why Klinsmann is being criticized so much is the controversy over telecommuting. Korean soccer fans are watching that he has no affection for Korean soccer. Still, Klinsmann is deafening. Even if you think so and criticize him, he stressed that he will continue telecommuting. 마카오토토
Klinsmann said, “I’m leaving the country next week. After a short break, I will move on to Europe. I will watch Son Heung-min, Lee Kang-in, and Kim Min-jae play. However, I can’t be away for a long time because the World Cup qualifiers are just around the corner. I’ve been talking about the way I work consistently. A national team coach has a lot of business trips and tasks. He is different from a professional team coach. Of course, I know that you have different ideas and say that it’s not the right thing to do. But I’m not going to change the way I work. I respect your thoughts, your criticisms, but there will be no change in the way I work, the way I think the national team works.”
Coach Lee and Korean soccer will play together until the 2026 North-Central American World Cup.