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K League champions Jeonbuk part ways with coach Morais

All News 11:44 December 06, 2020

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Yonhap) -- All good things must come to an end, even a memorable two-year coaching run for Jose Morais with the K League champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.

Jeonbuk announced Sunday they have parted ways with the Portuguese coach after his two-year deal expired following the end of their 2020 campaign.

In this file photo from Nov. 1, 2020, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors head coach Jose Morais (R) celebrates with forward Lee Dong-gook after Jeonbuk clinched the 2020 K League 1 championship at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, 240 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

In his two seasons, Morais led Jeonbuk to consecutive K League 1 championships in 2019 and 2020, and also added the Korean FA Cup title this year to complete Jeonbuk's first "double," or winning two major competitions in the same year.

In early November, Morais had told the Portuguese news site Radio Renascenca that he didn't intend to stay in South Korea once his Jeonbuk contract expired and that he had already spoken to Jeonbuk about his plans.

And the parting became official once Jeonbuk wrapped up their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League on Friday in Qatar. They were knocked out in the group stage of the tournament, as their bid for a "treble," or winning three major trophies in one season, fell flat.

In this file photo from Nov. 8, 2020, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors head coach Jose Morais salutes his fans after winning the FA Cup title at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, 240 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

In 85 matches on Morais' watch, Jeonbuk posted 51 wins, 21 draws and 13 losses.

"I've had an unforgettable experience here," Morais said in a statement released by Jeonbuk. "I will always cherish the memories I've built in the K League with Jeonbuk."

Jeonbuk presented Morais, the first foreign head coach in club history, with a commemorative plaque and a gift.

Morais' top assistant, Kim Sang-sik, has been mentioned as a likely candidate to succeed Morais.

This image provided by Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Dec. 6, 2020, shows Jose Morais, the outgoing head coach for the K League 1 club. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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