Representatives of Bora Milutinovic have made an audacious attempt to install the former China coach at the helm of North Korea's World Cup-bound national team. Sources close to the Serbian coach, who qualified China for their first and only World Cup appearance in 2002, said an agent had been in contact with soccer authorities in Pyongyang about the position. Milutinovic (pictured), whose most recent job saw him lead Iraq at the Fifa Confederations Cup in South Africa in June, is keen to take on the role after missing out on working at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. 'The North Koreans have indicated they must win at least one game at next year's World Cup, and preferably two so they can outshine the performances of other East Asian nations at the World Cup in recent years,' said the source. Should he lead the North Koreans in South Africa next year it would be the sixth time Milutinovic has taken charge of a team at the game's biggest tournament. The news comes just days after former England and Mexico manager Sven Goran Eriksson announced he was not interested in the post following speculation that the Swede was to replace coach Kim Jong-hun. Under Kim, the North Koreans qualified for the finals - their first since famously reaching the quarter-finals in England in 1966 - but officials are clearly concerned with the team's performances. Hong Kong held Kim's team to a 0-0 draw in August's East Asian championship qualifiers in Kaohsiung, when a missed penalty was all that stood between Hong Kong and a famous victory. In addition to qualifying China for the finals in South Korea in 2002, Milutinovic was in charge of hosts Mexico in 1986 before working with Costa Rica four years later. The United States had Milutinovic at the helm in 1994 when they hosted the tournament, and in France in 1998 he was in charge of Nigeria.