GONE Paulo Bento has left his post as South Korea’s manager after their 4-1 defeat by Brazil.
Bento, 53, has been in charge of the South Korea national team since 2018.
Paulo Bento has stepped down as South Korea manager
He won 35 of his 57 matches in charge, but South Korea suffered a disappointing quarter-final exit at the 2019 Asian Cup and could not upset the odds against Brazil.
Following that defeat, Bento said: “I have just announced to the players and the president of the federation that this is a decision I took in September.
“It is set in stone and I have confirmed it. I have to thank everyone for everything they have done.”
He added: “From now onwards we have to think about the future. I’m going to rest and we have to see what will happen after I rest.
“We have to congratulate Brazil because they were better than us.”
Bento becomes the third manager to leave his job at the World Cup following Roberto Martinez’s resignation as Belgium boss.
But they failed to replicate that shock and were blown away by a Brazil side who turned on the samba flair.
Goals from Vinicius Jr, Neymar, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta put the five-time champions 4-0 up within 36 minutes to send South Korea home.