Park Ji-sung returns to QPR for coaching training

Park Ji-sung works with players from the U-16 squad at Queens Park Rangers training ground in London. [QUEENS PARK RANGERS]

Former Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers star Park Ji-sung has returned to the London club to coach the U-16 side as part of his professional coaching training.

QPR announced on Saturday that Park, who joined the club in 2012, has joined the coaching staff as part of their B license training under director of coaching Chris Ramsey.

“Having played for QPR, I’m really interested to see how they develop their young players,” Park said as quoted by QPR. “I learned a lot from the players as well as the coaches.”

Park became the first Korean to play in the Premier League when he joined Manchester United in 2005. After seven years with the club, he moved to QPR, playing a season in London before being loaned out when the club was demoted at the second level. Park retired a year later.

Since leaving the pitch, Park has taken on a number of administrative and advisory roles, including remaining as a Manchester United ambassador, leading youth development for the Korea Football Association and advising the K League club. 1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.

The B license is UEFA’s second level license and allows coaches to train different age categories, from youth teams to senior amateur teams, and to take up an assistant coaching position in a professional club. One year after obtaining the B license, coaches can work towards the A license, which allows them to be the head coach of a youth team, the reserve team of a top-flight club or any second-tier club.

The A license is followed by the Pro license, the highest level of coaching certification available in Europe, which allows a coach to manage a top professional club on a permanent basis.

“It surprised me how much I learned,” Park said. “It’s not just about your skills or your abilities, it’s also about your mentality. People might think that being a coach is quite similar to being a player. For me, I realized that it’s is totally different. It’s not just about tactics, it’s about everything – leadership, communication, how you can influence each player.

Park also mentioned that the administration of football needs to be improved in Korea, possibly indicating that he would consider coaching here rather than in Britain.

“When I look at Asia or South Korea, the administration needs to improve compared to Europe and I will look in that direction,” he said.

BY JIM BULLEY [[email protected]]