Head coach Kim Hak-beom of Hakbumson, who was appointed as a faltering Jeju captain, returns to the K League for the first time in six years

Former Olympic soccer coach Kim Hak-bum, 63, is returning to the K League after a six-year absence.

According to multiple soccer insiders, Kim signed a contract with Jeju on April 4, the day after the final match of the 38th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 and the day of the grand prize ceremony. Only an announcement is reportedly pending.레모나토토

Jeju, which finished ninth in the league in September after former coach Nam Ki-il resigned and played the remainder of the season under acting coach Jeong Jo-guk, quickly filled the managerial vacancy.

Jeju, which wants to win championships and develop youth, reportedly considered a number of candidates, including former U-20 national team coach Kim Eun-joong, before settling on the experienced Kim. Kim is considered to be a coach who specializes in managing players.

Kim returned to the K League after a six-year absence after leaving Gwangju FC in 2017. In the meantime, he coached the South Korean U-23 national team to a gold medal at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, before falling short in the quarterfinals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

He has been linked to a number of K League clubs since his time with the U-23s, but hasn’t been able to connect with any of them before joining forces with Jeju.

Jeju is Kim’s fifth club in his 18-year coaching career. After coaching at Kookmin Bank, the Olympic team, and Seongnam, Kim took the helm of Seongnam Ilhwa (the predecessor to Seongnam FC) in 2005, leading the club to the 2006 K League title. After leaving for Henan Zhenye in China in 2010-2011, Kim took charge of Gangwon from 2012-2023, Seongnam from 2014-2016, and Gwangju in 2017. In total, Kim has coached 288 games in the K League, winning 118, drawing 84 and losing 86.

If Kim is appointed, he will quickly become the oldest manager in the K League 1. This year, the oldest was 54-year-old Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo.

For Jeju, 2023 was a year of disappointment. The team parted ways with Nam in September after a string of poor performances. They barely made it to the final round. To avoid repeating their mistakes, Jeju decided to put their fate in the hands of a “charismatic leader.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *