STEVE Bruce is a surprise candidate for the vacant South Korean manager’s post.
But the former Black Cats boss (right) is likely to face stiff competition from ex-international bosses Sven-Goran Eriksson and Felipe Scolari as the Asian country looks for a replacement for head coach Cho Kwang-Rae.
Kwang-Rae was dismissed earlier this month following a 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to Lebanon.
Bruce has good links with South Korea following the signing Ji Dong-won.
The transfer of the striker from Chunnam Dragons to Sunderland was big news in Korea and Bruce followed that up by making a goodwill visit to the country with former Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn in October.
The move would appeal to Bruce who was exhausted and frustated by the end of his time in charge of Sunderland and would welcome a different challenge after more than a decade managing in the English top flight.
Ultimately, the 50-year-old would love to return to the Premier League.
But rather than wait to see if a fast route back into the game is offered to him at Blackburn or Bolton, he will consider the South Korean option as a break from the pressures of club management.