After his team’s 4-1 loss to Brazil in the World Cup’s last-16 on Monday night, South Korean manager Paulo Bento announced his resignation from the position.
The 53-year-old, who assumed leadership of the group in August 2018, claimed that before leaving for Qatar, he had already decided to step down as coach after the competition, with their defeat in the knockout round marking the end of his tenure.
In the round of 16, one of the tournament favorites soundly defeated the Asian country.
South Korea advanced to the round of 16 after stunning Portugal in their final group match.
They were defeated by a Brazil team that turned on the samba flair because they were unable to duplicate that surprise.
Vinicius Jr., Neymar, Richarlison, and Lucas Paqueta scored in the space of 36 minutes to give the five-time champions a 4-0 lead and eliminate South Korea.
Bento has decided it’s time for a change in the dugout despite the fact that South Korea did pull one back late on with the game’s lone goal.
Despite having been in control since 2018, he decided to step down from management after winning a continental tournament in 2019.
“I simply informed the players and the federation president that this is a choice I made in September,” he said.
“I can attest to the fact that it is unchangeable and must express my gratitude to everyone for their efforts. We must start considering the future now.
I’m going to take a nap, and then we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Brazil deserves our congratulations since they outperformed us.”
Although a representative quickly intervened to explain that Bento was only taking a break, it appears that the former Sporting Lisbon manager has resigned from his position.
After Japan was eliminated from the tournament against Croatia just hours earlier, South Korea served as Asia’s final World Cup representative.
Africa, South America, and Europe are now the only three remaining continents taking part in Qatar.
Graeme Souness harshly criticized the Asian setup, calling their gameplan incredibly naive.
On ITV, he stated: “Incredibly naive play was displayed by Korea at this World Cup stage.
What sort of match did they anticipate playing against Brazil tonight, besides a team that wanted to start strong and showcase its wit?”
After overseeing more than 50 matches while in charge of the team, the former manager of Portugal and Olympiacos ended his time in charge of South Korea.
Now that he has a break from managing, Bento will consider his next course of action.