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Former Man Utd star Park offers to quit South Korea youth role

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Seoul, South Korea   /   Mon, December 10, 2018   /   03:45 pm
Former Man Utd star Park offers to quit South Korea youth role Former South Korean football player Park Ji-sung poses upon arrival at the final draw of the 2019 FIFA Women World cup football tournament in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, on December 8, 2018. FRANCK FIFE / AFP (AFP/Franck Fife)

Former Manchester United star midfielder Park Ji-sung has offered to step down from his youth administrative role at South Korea's football association, officials said Monday.

Park, who also played for Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, was the biggest name to emerge from South Korean football before Tottenham striker Son Heung-min.

The 37-year-old has pursued a career in football administration since retiring from playing in 2014, and became head of the Korea Football Association's youth strategy department last year.

But he has submitted his resignation, an official told AFP, adding that the offer was being considered.

The exact reason for Park's decision was unclear, but he currently lives in England and the official said that he may have been feeling uneasy about  the distance from his duties.

"He wasn't working full time so he faced limitations," the KFA official said.

The official added the resignation may also be aimed at creating a bigger role for Michael Muller, a veteran German expert scouted by Park this year as the KFA's chief instructor and youth policy director.

South Korean football has failed to build on the national side's run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2002 -- in which Park played a key role .

At the time of Park's appointment in November 2017, he vowed to develop South Korea's youth football using his abundant experience in Europe.