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Englishman Bell appointed Korea Republic women's head coach

Seoul: The search for a new Korea Republic women’s national team head coach is over, after Englishman Colin Bell’s appointment was finalised on Friday.

Bell, 58, is Korea Republic’s first foreign women’s national team coach after signing a three-year deal, which lasts until the conclusion of the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

The appointment ends the search for a full-time successor to former coach Yoon Duk-yeo - who took the side to the past two FIFA Women’s World Cups – after former player Hwang In-sun served as interim boss during this month’s tour of the United States, which included a creditable 1-1 draw against the world champions.

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Bell, who holds British and German nationalities, has held a range of positions in both men’s and women’s football, but his most high-profile positions have come in the women’s game.

He enjoyed major success with 1. FFC Frankfurt, leading the club to the 2015 UEFA Women’s Championship League title, before switching to Norwegian high-flyers Avaldsnes IL.

Bell also has senior international experience to call upon, having led the Republic of Ireland women’s national team from 2017 until earlier this year.

The new boss will arrive in Korea Republic early next week, with a press conference to be held on Tuesday, while his first competitive matches will come in December’s EAFF E-1 Football Championship, where Bell’s side will host regional rivals Japan, DPR Korea and China PR.

Korea Republic are also among the eight Asian teams still in the race to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and were on Friday drawn to face DPR Korea, Vietnam and Myanmar in Group A, which will be held on home soil in February.

Photo: AFP

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