Sang-ryul upset over report on Malaysia’s interest
KUALA LUMPUR: Reports on Malaysia’s interest to hire Kim Sang-ryul as their national hockey coach has not gone down well with the South Korean.
Sang-ryul, who is preparing the China team for the Olympics next month, said in a telephone interview from Beijing yesterday: “Naturally, my employers (the China HA) are not happy with the news.
“The timing is wrong. I can’t decide on my future until my contract with them ends after the Olympics. It would have been better if the report came out after that.”
He said that he learnt of Malaysia’s interest to hire him on the Internet.
“I am a professional and I will consider offers that are made to me and will take up the job that interests me. But for the moment, I have a task at hand and do not want to be distracted and will not think of such matters,” said Sang-ryul.
The National Sports Council (NSC) said recently that they would like to hire Sang-ryul to take over as coach of the national senior team following Malaysia’s failure to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.
However, Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) coaching committee chairman C. Paramalingam said they had not been notified of any moves to replace Sarjit Singh and there had been no discussion on the matter yet.
Sarjit was hired in January 2007 and has been set the target of taking the team to the 2010 World Cup Finals and the 2012 London Olympics.
Sang-ryul is a coach with strong credentials and a good reputation. He is credited with making South Korea a force to be reckoned with in world hockey today.