It is already four months since South Korea exited the World Cup at the first round. The-then coach Dick Advocaat watched with frustration as his team was defeated 2-0 in Hanover by Switzerland.
As the referee Horacio Elizondo, not the most popular Argentine with most Koreans (or with Wayne Rooney and Zinedine Zidane), blew the whistle to signal the end of the Taeguk Warriors・World Cup dreams for another four years, he also called time on the Dutchman’s short reign in East Asia.
Advocaat headed east to take control on October 1 2005 after predecessor and compatriot Jo Bonfrere resigned in August and after the World Cup ended, he moved back west to take the helm of Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg.
Why did you leave Korea? Why didn’t you stay after the Keluaran Sgp World Cup?
I had the opportunity to go into club management. Apart from a short period, I had spent the last four years with national teams and I just wanted to return to a club.
I had a really, really great time in Korea ・honestly. I enjoyed it but I missed a little bit the daily concerns, worries, work. I had an opportunity to build a new team here and that was the main reason.
But you never know, after this maybe I will return to international coaching.
Did you decide to go to Petersburg before the World Cup?
I decided after because I had some doubts but I am really enjoying it and I thought that it was a good thing to do.
The Korean Football Association wanted you to continue?
They had to give me an answer before a certain date but I don’t think it would have been a problem …