Ji Sung Park had an incredible footballing career becoming the first Korean player to play for Manchester United and appearing at three World Cups.
However, the one-time Champions League winner believes, despite all the hard work he put as a pro, that he is about to start his biggest challenge yet and that is to try to help guide South Korea to the very top of football.
What Park hung up his boots in 2014 it was expected that he would make the transition into management having played under big-name bosses such as Guus Hiddink and Sir Alex Ferguson but he says working under them took him on a different journey.
Instead of taking the head coaching position with South Korea he decided to take the reins of the country’s youth development. The Koreans are historically the best performing Asian side at the World Cups and its premier clubs have won the most continental club trophies but there are big concerns regarding the future of football there.
“The reason that Korea has been a strong nation in Asia was because we produced strong young players,” Park said.
“These days people can’t see this, and so there is a feeling of crisis.”
This feeling has led to much debate within the game in Korea as to how to better the system of developing youth talent.
Cha Bum Keun, South Korea’s former head coach and the player who successfully negotiated the European leagues before Park has a view that the country should follow the German way of developing talent.
“South Koreans don’t give up easily and have the strength to fight until the end,” he said.
“They are also similar to Germans fighting spirit, and that’s why I believe German football is suitable for us.”
For now, the Korean focus is all about the World Cup next year in Russia but it will be interesting to see how they develop in years to come.
Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson has reached out to his coaching legend dad Sir Alex Ferguson for help as he seeks to defeat Arsene Wenger when both sides clash in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
Ferguson and Wenger were fierce rivals when the former was in charge of Manchester United. His son is now set to face the Arsenal long time boss and he knows what is at stake. He is seeking his father’s counsel on how best to neutralize the Arsenal threat at the League Cup.
“There’s an enormous amount of respect between my dad and Arsene Wenger. A huge amount of respect, they get on very, very well. Listen they were competitive, both of them. They had to have that sort of competitive edge towards it when they were managing but I’m looking forward to coming up against him,” Ferguson Jr. said. Continue reading DARREN REACHES OUT TO FERGUSON SR FOR HELP TO BEAT WENGER
Sir. Alex Ferguson is widely regarded as one of the absolute best managers in the world of football. The impact that the Scottish tactician has made in the sport is undeniable as he has even been placed into the Hall of Fame of English Football.
There is a stand in Old Trafford which is named after him as it was renamed in honor of the 20+ years that he spent at the helm of Manchester United. Continue reading Sir. Alex Ferguson reveals 1 of his managerial secrets
Manchester United have cancelled Coach Jose Mourinho’s scheduled Europa League final pre-match news conference in Sweden following the Manchester explosion on Monday, according to reports.
“We are all very sad about the tragic events last night; we cannot take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families.We have a job to do and we will fly to Sweden to do that job. It is a pity we cannot fly with the early happiness,” the Portuguese tactician said.
UEFA confirmed that a minute’s silence would be observed before the highly-anticipated game, while much of the pregame ceremony would be “considerably reduced.”
Man United players observed a minute’s silence at the training session the next day before their flight to Sweden.
UEFA added that it had worked with the hosts of the final to foil any terrorist attack ahead of the game. Continue reading MANCHESTER UNITED CANCEL NEWS CONFERENCE
Four-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has hailed the role former Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson played in the development of his career while he was at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese star said he learned “the art of football” while at United.
Ronaldo, 18 then, moved from Sporting Lisbon to England. He started playing for the fun of it initially but developed rapidly to become one of the best soccer stars on the planet. He won a Champions League title, three straight Premier League titles, an FA Cup and others during his time at United.
Since moving to Spanish side Real Madrid for world record transfer fee, Ronaldo has cemented his place as the best player in the world. He became Real Madrid’s all-time goal scorer with his consistent performance through the years.
Despite all these, Ronaldo has come out to say Ferguson set him up for success. Continue reading RONALDO HAILS FERGUSON FOR IMPACT IN HIS CAREER
On December 31st of 2016, the legendary manager Sir. Alex Ferguson turned 75 years old and one of the things that he did on his 75th birthday was to return to Manchester United, the club where he became an icon after lifting 38 titles in 26 years.
It’s hard to argue that Sir. Alex Ferguson has been one of the most successful or maybe even the most successful one in the history of the sport. It was back on May of 2013 when the Scottish tactician decided to end his managerial career and even though it has been over 3 years since this occurred, Manchester United is still struggling trying to find someone who can follow his legacy.
Every manager that has arrived after Sir. Alex Ferguson has not been able to have the same kind of impact and prosperity as the Scottishman. David Moyes, Ryan Giggs (Interim Manager), Louis van Gaal and the current manager Jose Mourinho are all of the coaches that have arrived but have struggled to fill in the boots that were left by the Scottish tactician. Continue reading Sir. Alex Ferguson returned to Old Trafford after turning 75 years old
Jose Mourinho says he is hurt that he left out Dutchman Memphis Depay and Ashley Young in the squad that thrashed West Ham 4-1 in the EFL Cup this week.
The Portuguese tactician was banned from the touchline, so he had to see the game from a ‘secret’ location. However, Mourinho admitted he felt ‘hurt’ that both players were left off the match day squad despite being fit.
United qualified for the last four courtesy of goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial who both grabbed a brace. Mourinho made five changes to the squad that started against the Hammers the weekend before, playing a 1-1 draw. In the EFL quarter final clash, summer addition Henrikh Mkhitaryan paired with Anthony Martial on the wings while skipper Wayne Rooney lined up behind Ibrahimovic.
“It hurts me, it hurts me. It hurts me a lot to leave Depay and Ashley Young at home. It hurts me a lot like last week, when I had to leave out Martial, and next week I’ll leave another one.
“We have so many players for these positions and it’s good for me but it’s bad for them. Football players want to play matches and I cannot give to everyone at the same time, so it hurts me,” said Mourinho. Continue reading MOURINHO HURT LEAVING DEPAY AND YOUNG OUT
Sir Alex Ferguson’s endorsement was welcomed by Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool and he joked that he can’t return the compliment because Ferguson is no more a coach.
He believes that the German has brought back The Reds into the category of the title contenders.
The former Manchester United coach agreed a year ago that he was concerned by Klopp’s arrival at Anfield, the club he famously succeeded in “knocking off their perch” during his 26 years at Manchester United, and the Scot again last week reportedly said Klopp’s impact at Anfield means the Reds are genuine contenders for a 19th English title and a first since 1990.
“I knew him before and he is a really nice person. He did what was expected of him at Manchester United and that automatically was at our detriment which we actually tried to resist most of the time, and that was his ability to defeat us then,” Klopp said. “When he has to say something positive about Liverpool, it is better than if he would say something negative so it is all good. But it does not mean a lot. It does not disturb us or help us.” Continue reading FERGUSON ENDORSES KLOPP AS A GENUINE CONTENDER
Mike Phelan is set to host his former club Manchester United when they meet in the third round of games in the Premier League.
Phelan used to be the right hand man of Sir Alex Ferguson – United’s former coach. Phelan is currently the caretaker manager of the newly promoted side, Hull City.
City has just 13 players, yet the talented coach in Phelan has guided the squad to four victories. The meagre squad figure is astonishing considering the rigour of the Premier League. The management is working with the manager to add at least six more player before the transfer deadline in a few days.
Steve Bruce was the former manager of the club, bringing them from the Championship to top flight English football, yet he decided to walk away after an altercation with the management. Phelan has always reminded who ever cared to listen that he was not a manager yet.
“I am not a manager at the moment. I guess my career has gone in a roundabout way. But the challenge is great and we have worked really hard here,” Phelan said. So far, Hull has shown decent results, shocking title holders Leicester City in the curtain raiser and showing their dominance when they faced Swansea. Since getting promotion in May during the playoffs, the club hasn’t made any additions. Continue reading MIKE PHELAN HOSTS HIS FORMER CLUB
The legendary teams and their coaches are names and people who live on forever.
Sir Alex Ferguson might have been on his path to retirement in 2012 when he struck the deal to bring in Robin van Persie to Arsenal for a whopping 24 million pounds which had been a gamble and a decision that had several consequences.
Even today there are others like Keith Wyness who seeks his advice on different topics. For instance, the search for a new manager for Aston Villa was suggested by Sir Alex Ferguson and not without reason. Wyness is known to have linkages with Alex due to their former past in Aberdeen. Even though Wyness joined the Aberdeen team after leaving Sydney Olympics in 2000 he has been in talking terms with Alex. Hence, when it comes to finding new managers, Sir Alex is someone whom Wyness would resort to. However, Wyness admits that he did not follow Sir Alex’s advice fully and discounted the choices that he had presented.
Ferguson had left Aberdeen long back and Wyness revealed that the club had changed since then. The club had an era before, but today the standards have slipped for the club. For instance, when the club celebrated their centenary most of the present members found it hard to believe that the club had the potential to beat clubs like Real Madrid. Nostalgia is all the club has to offer now. Continue reading The Shared Camaraderie Between Sir Alex And Wyness