Pedros reportedly in running for new Taeguk Ladies coach

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Pedros reportedly in running for new Taeguk Ladies coach

A French tactician has emerged as a candidate to replace an embattled coach on the Korean women’s national team facing mounting assault allegations.

The French paper L’Equipe reported Sunday that Reynald Pedros, former head coach of the French female club Olympique Lyon, told the French channel Canal+ that he’d been “approached by” Korea.

Pedros’ revelation comes as the Korea Football Association (KFA) is wrapping up investigations on claims that Choi In-cheul, named to the top women’s national team job two weeks ago, had physically and verbally assaulted his players in the past.

The KFA brought Choi back for his second tour of duty with the women’s national team, but those who’d played under Choi during his first stint between 2010 and 2011 have alleged that the coach had struck and verbally abused them. Similar allegations have been made by players on Choi’s semi-pro club in the WK League, Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels, for the past eight years.

Choi is also suspected of hitting players while coaching elementary, middle and high school teams between the late 1990s and mid-2000s.

The KFA said it will discuss Choi’s status with the national team sometime next week, with termination of Choi’s contract being an option.

Pedros, 47, captured the Best FIFA Women’s Coach Award in 2018 after leading Olympique Lyons to the French league championship and the UEFA Women’s Champions League title.

Pedros stepped down in June this year, only a few weeks after Olympique Lyons won another Champions League trophy.

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