Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

South Korea sack coach Uli Stielike after Qatar defeat

South Korea sack coach Uli Stielike after Qatar defeat

Before the dismissal, Stielike was the longest-serving head coach of the Korean national football team, holding the post for 2 years and nine months, but as the team failed to perform in the final qualification matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the KFA made a decision to end Stielike's tenure.

"As the results of the final World Cup qualification round did not meet our expectation, the KFA and coach Stielike chose to end Stielike's contract under mutual agreement", said Lee, after a meeting in Seoul. The team is now ranked second in Group A with four wins, one tie and three losses, at 13 points.

The KFA on Thursday fired coach Uli Stielike after the shock defeat which left them clinging to the second automatic qualifying spot in Group A.

It got over that disappointment quickly and was unbeaten in the second round of qualifying for World Cup 2018, but it has struggled for consistency in the final section, losing three of its last five matches.

A former West Germany worldwide, Stielike was appointed on a four-year deal in September 2014, and subsequently guided his new charges through to the final of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup which Korea Republic narrowly lost to host nation Australia.

South Korea's best finish in a major competition under Stielike came in 2015, when they reached the Asian Cup final before falling to Australia.

When asked about pay-off clause in Stielike's contract, Lee said he doesn't know whether the German will receive compensation.

However defeats in the past three away games have left South Korea just one point ahead of Uzbekistan in the final automatic qualifying spot for Russian Federation from Group A with two matches remaining.

Lee said the KFA and the national team will overcome the current crisis and they need to move on to prepare for the remaining two qualifiers.

Uli Stielike's win percentage in his 37 matches in charge of South Korea. "I think a homegrown manager should fill the position and lead the team", Lee said.

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