SAITAMA (Kyodo) Omiya Ardija has hired South Korean Chang Woe Ryong to replace Yasuhiro Higuchi as manager for next season, the J. League first-division club said Wednesday.

The 49-year-old Chang has experience managing in the J. League after spells with Verdy Kawasaki (now Tokyo Verdy) and Consadole Sapporo. He was in charge at South Korean K-League club Incheon United this season.

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