South Korea Football Officials Recommend Dismissal of Coach Jurgen Klinsmann

SEOUL - South Korean football officials on Thursday recommended the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann as the head coach of the men's national team following a disappointing semifinal exit at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup. The decision came after a meeting at the Korea Football Association (KFA) House in Seoul, where the National Team Committee concluded that Klinsmann could no longer lead the team effectively.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Hwangbo Kwan, the committee, which does not have the authority to make final decisions, will forward its recommendation to the KFA's Executive Board. Klinsmann, who attended the meeting via video conference from his home in the U.S., has faced increasing pressure to resign after failing to secure the AFC championship, a title South Korea has not won in 64 years. The recommendation comes amidst protests calling for both Klinsmann and KFA President Chung Mong-gyu's resignations outside the KFA headquarters.

The KFA announced that a meeting to discuss Klinsmann's future would be held on Friday, though a final decision may not be reached immediately. Despite some committee members advocating for Klinsmann's retention ahead of World Cup qualifiers in March, the majority opinion leaned towards his dismissal. Klinsmann's tenure has been marred by criticism over his tactical approach and his handling of team dynamics, including an incident involving team captain Son Heung-min.

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