Ahn Jung-hwan, a soccer commentator, expressed his position about being mentioned as the successor to coach Paulo Bento.
In an interview with the JoongAng Ilbo on the 12th, Jeong Jae-hoon, CEO of Ahn’s agent, Moro Sports, dismissed the rumors of Ahn as the next head coach of the Korean national soccer team as “unfounded.”
According to CEO Jeong, Commissioner Ahn said, “Do you make people talk about this absurd reason without asking me or checking me?” I lack the ability,” he said.
Regarding this, CEO Jeong said, “Commissioner Ahn has never had a phone call or interview regarding the matter. He pointed out, “I wonder if you have thought about the position of the person concerned, soccer fans, and the people, to post speculation on the important issue of the national team coach,” he said. did.
Representative Jeong also mentioned Ahn’s future moves. He said, “Commissioner Ahn plans to gradually reduce the schedule of existing TV programs. After completing all of the leadership training in principle, I am planning leadership training in Europe and Japan, where I played,” he said. Ahn had previously said that the World Cup in Qatar was his “last commentary.”
The ‘Director Ahn Jung-hwan theory’ started when Park Dong-hee, a reporter for Sports Chunchu, mentioned Ahn on YTN radio’s ‘News King Park Ji-hoon’ on the 8th. Reporter Park said, “The name of director Choi Yong-soo, who is being talked about a lot now, also comes up. And there is even a story about Ahn Jung-hwan, who is commentating on soccer.”
In response, the host said, “I think it’s correct to say that Ahn Jung-hwan is a broadcaster.” Reporter Park replied, “Yes. And there’s the story of director Kim Hak-beom. Of course, all of these people are denying that they have never talked to the Football Association. The general direction of the Korea Football Association is likely to be decided by Korean coaches. It seemed that the annual salary was set at less than 1 billion won.”
Afterwards, reports related to this poured in, and the Korea Football Association (KFA) announced on the 10th, “We express serious concern about the indiscriminate speculative reports of some media outlets regarding the appointment of a new national team coach.”
The KFA said, “It is doubtful who the anonymous official is, and even if an official from the Korea Football Association made such a statement, it is only his personal opinion and not the official position of the Korea Football Association.” The National Team Strengthening Committee is in charge, but the first meeting has not yet been held, and it is now in the stage of preparation for discussion.” 토토
Ahn Jung-hwan scored two goals during the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup and led Korea to the semifinals. During his active career, he played for Yokohama Marinos and FC Metz, and after his retirement, he is active as a soccer commentator at MBC while working on broadcasting.
Meanwhile, coach Paulo Bento will depart from Incheon Airport on flight EK323 at 11:30 pm on the 13th.
Portuguese coach Bento took over in September 2018 as the successor to former coach Shin Tae-yong. Bento, who set a new record for the longest tenure among Korean national soccer team coaches, presented Korean soccer with advancing to the World Cup round of 16 for the first time in 12 years. However, the association with Korean soccer ended with the round of 16 match against Brazil.
On the 7th, coach Bento said goodbye, saying, “The past four years have been very satisfying,” and “Korea will remain forever in my career as well as in my life.”
Bento seems to be taking a break in Portugal for the time being and looking for another destination.