We’ve seen a lot of teams change head coaches at the end of the season. Most of them are due to poor performance. Not long ago, the mood of “no one is worthy” quickly changed.
There are now a lot of first division clubs looking for new managers. Jeju United, FC Seoul, Suwon Samsung, and others.레모나토토 주소
Jeju is one of the fastest moving clubs in the K League 1. It has already shortlisted candidates and presented them to its parent organization, and is waiting for a final decision. Head coaches Kim Hak-bum “Hakbumson” Kim and Kim Eun-joong, who guided the club to gold at the 2018 Asian Games, are on the shortlist.
Seoul, which has fallen to the lower division for four consecutive years, is looking at Kim Ki-dong of Pohang and Lee Jung-hyo of Gwangju, two of the top coaches in the K League, to replace Ahn Ik-soo. It will be interesting to see if ‘Wizard’ Kim Ki-dong, who has consistently produced good results despite a small budget at Pohang, will make the move to Seoul. Lee Jung-hyo, who led Gwangju to a third-place finish in the league this season and an elite qualification for the Asian Champions League, seems more likely to stay put. Suwon, who were relegated to the second division, will also have to be extremely cautious in their next managerial appointment. It was considered to hand over the reins to acting head coach Yeom Ki-hoon for next season, but it’s unclear if the club can afford a novice coach in the face of fan outrage. Yi was responsible for the relegation as both a player and a coach, so it’s hard to have confidence that a player-coach will be able to lead the team to promotion. In any case, Suwon needs a rebuilding level of determination, and it remains to be seen to what extent they can achieve it.
Suwon FC, which finished 11th in the first division and needs to beat second-place Busan I-Park in the promotion playoffs, is also expected to replace Kim Do-gyun. Gangwon (10th in the first division), who will have to battle Gimpo FC (3rd in the second division) for survival, is also not sure if Yoon Jung-hwan will stay with the club if they are relegated.
In the second division, there will be more managerial changes. Seoul Eland, 11th in the second division, recently fired Park Chung-gyun, who had only been at the helm for a year. The club is a corporate club and hasn’t gotten promoted in the last decade despite investing heavily in the organization. The club’s training environment, treatment, and player name recognition make it the top club in the second division. The club is looking at a variety of coaches, including Kim Eun-jung, who led the team to the quarterfinals of the U-20 FIFA World Cup earlier this year, and Kim Jeong-soo, a former Korea Football Association coach who led South Korea to the quarterfinals of the U-17 World Cup in 2019 after nearly a decade at the helm of the national teams at all levels.
Cheonan City FC, which finished last in its first season as a professional, parted ways with Park Nam-yeol. There is already talk that Busan IPark technical advisor Park Kyung-hoon, a Cheonan alumnus who has served as head coach of Jeju United and executive director of the Korea Football Association, will take the reins. Chungnam Asan ended its seven-year run with Park Dong-hyuk and, as expected, placed the K League’s first 50-50 club owner, Kim Hyun-seok, at the helm. Gyeongnam FC parted ways with coach Seol Ki-hyun, who led the team for four years. Park Dong-hyuk, who coached low-salaried players in Asan, Chungcheongnam-do, and consistently achieved mid-table finishes, is slowly being touted for the job.