South Korea national team technical director resigns following Hiddink controversy

South Korean technical director Kim Ho-gon decided to step down from his position on Thursday following controversy over Guus Hiddink’s coaching offer.

“I decided to resign because it is the right thing at this moment for the KFA and the national team,” Kim said in a statement through the KFA, as quoted by Yonhap News.

“I tried my best for football development and the national team’s achievement, but many things were not satisfactory because of my lack of ability.”

Kim was at the center of controversy regarding Hiddink’s coaching offer. The South Korea football team coach at the 2000 Summer Olympics was claimed to ignore the Dutchman’s desire to coach the national team in June.

On the other hand, Kim, who was responsible for hiring Shin Tae-yong as the new head coach, has also been criticized for series of poor national team performances.