Verbeek to quit Australia job after WC

BY foxsports • March 22, 2010

Pim Verbeek will quit as Australia's soccer coach after the World Cup in South Africa.

Verbeek, the first permanent head coach appointed following the departure of fellow Dutchman Guus Hiddink after Australia's 2006 World Cup campaign, announced his decision Monday in a statement released by Football Federation Australia.

Verbeek has guided the Socceroos to a 15-8-4 record since taking over on Dec. 6, 2007.

"It has been a very difficult decision for me after more than two years but it is time for me to look for a new challenge," said Verbeek, who quit as South Korea coach to take the Australian job.

Speculation about his future has been swirling around the Australian media for several months.

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