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Hong Myung-bo replaces Kim Do-hoon as Ulsan Hyundai coach

Hong Myung-bo has been appointed coach of the Asian champions after their parted ways with Kim Do-hoon who led the team to win two AFC champions league titles.

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Hong Myung-bo replaces Kim Do-hoon as Ulsan Hyundai coach
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South Korea side Ulsan Hyundai announced the appointment of Kim Do-hoon as their new manager just days after previous coach Kim Do-hoon led the outfit to a historic second AFC champions league title with a 2-1 victory over Iran's Persepolis.

The ACL final was Do-hoon's last game with Ulsan as his contract ran out with both parties agreed on the non-renewal. Despite finishing as runners-up twice in a row, Do-Hoon's time at Ulsan has been impressive on the continental level as he reached the ACL final three times in four years leading the team to lift the 2017 and 2020 titles whereas he lost the 2018 title decider to Japan's Kashima Antlers.

Ulsan new coach Hong Myung-bo is a former professional footballer who played in South Korea, Japan and the United States, and is looking forward to the new challenge waiting for him in the K league.

In a statement released by the South Korean outfit, he said "I've experienced virtually everything I could have in football, but there was always something missing. I think that may have been coaching a K League team. The K League made me the man I am today, and I am grateful for the chance to coach Ulsan and contribute to the league. I'll try to set examples on and off the field".

Myung-bo held a position at the Korea Football Association that he had to step down from ahead of being confirmed as Ulsan Hyundai's new coach.