Football: Former Man United star Park Ji-sung offers to quit S. Korea part-time youth role, distance a possible issue

Former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung shows off his striking prowess at a promotional event in Singapore on May 10, 2016.
Former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung shows off his striking prowess at a promotional event in Singapore on May 10, 2016.PHOTO: ST FILE

SEOUL (AFP) - 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 on Monday (Dec 10).

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 that 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 on home soil - in which Park played a key role .

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