Tuesday, July 10, 2012

John Duerden: Keen Park Ranger

"It's finished, the party is over," said Guus Hiddink last Thursday evening as he sat next to Park Ji-sung at a Seoul press conference. The two had been reunited after a special ten-year anniversary game to mark the exploits of the 2002 World Cup team. Is it hindsight kicking in or did the Dutchman give a knowing look sideways to the South Korean? "Now it's time to look to the future. If you look to the past too much then you start to go downhill rapidly." None of the journalists in the room knew it at the time but Mark Hughes was also in Seoul and persuading the man who played over 200 games for Manchester United and won all kinds of medals, that the future was Queens Park Rangers.

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