V-League club Becamex Binh Duong has fired its South Korean coach, Cho Yoon Hwan, and has signed a contract with Le Thuy Hai, took over the team on April 17.
The V-League 2007-08 champions lost patience with Hwan after the club lost its fifth consecutive match to begin the 2013 season against 2003-04 champs Hoang Anh Gia Lai on April 13.
Binh Duong's managers on April 16 said Hai would coach the club through the end of the season and that he is expected not only to help Binh Duong avoid being relegated to the second-flight First Division, but finish among the leaders of the top-flight V-League.
This is the fourth time Hai has been hired by the club. He took the club to the V-League championship in back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008 and then coached the club briefly in 2011. That stint only lasted a month because club managers were unhappy that Hai had brought in several players who performed poorly.
Hai became Binh Duong's coach for the first time in 1998 when the club was playing in the third-flight Second Division but the club did not play well for him.
Then from 2006-2008 Hai took Binh Duong to second spot in V-League 2006 and two championships in 2007 and 2008.
Hai returned to the club in September 2011, when he was expected to help the club back to the V-League championship but he was let go by November of that same year.
Club President Nguyen Minh Son, said in his latest stint coach Hai would work with assistant coaches Ly Thanh Son, Minh Dung and Minh Quang.
Earlier, Son tried to resign and in doing so take responsibility for the club's recent poor performances, but had his letter of resignation rejected by the club's Board of Directors.
Coach Hai said, "Binh Duong is facing difficulties and has invited me, so I have accepted the invitation because they [the club] are my "friends." With respect to requirements and terms of the contract, "I don't think they are a big deal because we understand each other very well," the veteran coach explained.