K-League strugglers Ulsan Hyundai on Monday announced Yoon Jung-hwan as their new manager in the hopes of reversing a nine-year-long domestic title drought.
The 41-year-old was controversially dismissed from J-League side Sagan Tosu in August, just days after leading the Japanese club to the top of the leaderboard for the first time in their history.
According to reports published after the firing, irreconcilable differences emerged during contract negotiations for the upcoming 2015 season, leading to Yoon’s firing less than three years after guiding Sagan to the first division.
Expectations will be high for the former South Korea international, who inherits a side that won the 2012 AFC Champions League but has not lifted a domestic trophy since the 2005 K-League season.
“Even while i was working in Japan, I have always wanted to manage in the K-League,” Yoon said in a statement issued by his new club. “It is such an honor to become a head coach of a club like Ulsan Hyundai.
“I’m still young, so I consider this a big challenge. I want to instill new energy into the K-League through Ulsan, and I will do my best to help the club regain its splendor.”
Yoon replaces Cho Min-kook, who lead Ulsan to a sixth-place Championship Round finish in his first and only season.