Former Guus Hiddink's assistant to head Vietnam’s national football team

15:03 | 04/10/2017 Society

The Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Park Hang Seo will be the new head coach of Vietnam’s national football team, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) confirmed on September 29.

Park Hang-seo, former top assistant to former coach Guus Hiddink in the RoK historic journey to the 2002 World Cup semi-finals becomes new head coach of Vietnam’s national football team

Park is the former assistant to RoK coach Guus Hiddink, who led the Korean football team during the 2002 World Cup, helping to lead the RoK to the semifinals.

VFF representatives negotiated with Park in Seoul on September 29 and the two sides agreed that the 58-year-old coach will also take charge of Vietnam’s U23 team. This contract will be officially signed next month.

He was an assistant of the RoK’s national team in the World Cup in 1994 and 2002. As the top assistant to famous coach Hiddink, Park played a role in the RoK’s fourth place finish in the 2002 tournament, the best an Asian side has ever performed in the competition.

Following these accomplishments, Park coached his country’s U23 team to a bronze medal at the Asian Games in Busan in September 2002.

He has also managed a range of RoK professional teams, such as Gyeongnam FC, Chunnam Dragons, Sangju Sangmu Phoenix and Changwon FC.

Park's contract with the Vietnam teams has a two-year period. The strategist will be present in Hanoi next month to attend a ceremony of announcing and signing the official contract.

In the immediate future, interim coach Mai Duc Chung still leads the Vietnam team in the second leg match against Cambodia under the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, which will be held at the Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium on October 10th.

Theo NDO