Singaporean outfit Lion City Sailors FC has appointed Kim Do-hoon as their new head coach, who slated to join the club in June on a two-and-a-half-year deal, replacing Aurelio Vidmar who left the Sailors in April.

The former South Korean international was instrumental in bringing Ulsan Hyundai FC to victory in the Asian Football Confederation’s AFC Champions League (ACL) campaign, last year. 

He left the Asian champions last December after four years in charge, stewarding the club to win the Korean FA Cup in 2017, and finished second in K-League’s 2019 and 2020 seasons.

On his appointment, Kim said that he is delighted to join the Lion City Sailors and excited to be part of the project.

“The club has aspirations of becoming one of the top teams in the region, and I’m confident of delivering that success to the Sailors,” he said. 

“Before anything, however, I would like to thank Aurelio for the solid groundwork that he has put in place. The Sailors boast a very talented squad, and the team has been playing exciting attacking football over the past year or so. I intend to build on that, and bring this team to the next level,” he added.


Kim Do-hoon was known for his possession-based style of football that focused on ball retention and attacking at pace. This was proven ever since his management days at Incheon United to Ulsan. 

During his stints, he was credited in bringing out the best in his players, with the likes of striker Júnior Negrão, winger Kim In-Seong, and midfielder Lee Dong Kyung. 

For Sailors chief executive Chew Chun Liang, the club conducted an exhaustive search for the right candidate to take the club forward, with several top names in contention.

“Do-hoon stood out as the ideal person to take over as head coach because of his professionalism, consistency, and propensity to play an eye-catching style of football. He also has a good record of helping players fulfil their potential. This was something that we considered strongly, given the number of young talents that we have at the club,” he said.

“More importantly, Do-hoon is a proven winner who has both played and managed at the highest level of Asian football. We would also like to thank Do-hoon’s representatives, Rookbook Sports, for helping to facilitate this move. We are certain that with Do-hoon at the helm, the Sailors will be able to accelerate our progress in our ongoing quest for success.”

Sailors winger Gabriel Quak added: “It is always great to be working under someone as knowledgeable and experienced as coach Kim. He has achieved great success with Ulsan, and we are all excited for him to help us develop individually and as a team.”

This article was first published on May 22, 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 142



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