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Kim Do-hoon will lead South Korea in World Cup qualifiers against Singapore and China in June after the Korean Football Association (KFA) failed to line up a permanent coach to replace Juergen Klinsmann in time. German Klinsmann was sacked in February after his team crashed out in the semi-finals of the Asian Cup, failing to record a single shot on target in the 2-0 loss to Jordan, despite having the likes of Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in in the team. Under-23 coach Hwang Sun-hong led the senior side to a 1-1 draw and 3-0 win over Thailand in the last round of World Cup qualifiers in March and the KFA had hoped to announce a new permanent coach before the June fixtures.

"Negotiations to hire the new national team head coach are still ongoing and it's possible that they won't be finalised before the next matches in June," the KFA said in a statement on Monday."Our National Teams Committee met earlier today to discuss this scenario and decided to hire Kim Do-hoon as the interim coach to take charge of the two games in June." South Korea captain Son said on Tuesday the most important thing was to get the right permanent coach.

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