Former Korea coach joins Chinese club

Former South Korea head coach Hong Myung-bo has joined Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown FC on a two year contract.

The former national team player and captain, led the nation's under-23 team to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and took over the senior national team in mid-2013.

Hong failed to achieve the same level of success at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where South Korea crashed out in the group stages after a draw and two losses, and he was subsequently dismissed.

"We've decided to hire Hong as our new head coach after a long deliberation," Greentown said on its website.

"Hong was one of the most famous players in Asia, and he led South Korea to a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics. We hope his leadership will help us achieve better results next season."

Hong will become the third South Korean coach in the Super League, joining Park Tae-ha at Yanbian Changbaishan FC and Chang Woe-ryong at Chongqing Lifan FC.

Greentown will be the first club that Hong has managed, and he will be expected to improve on the team's performance in the 2014/2015 season – during which they finished 11th out of 16 teams.