Kim Ki-dong to Seoul, Park Tae-ha to Pohang… Will K-League Head Coach ‘Chain Move’ start

Professional football’s K League 1 club FC Seoul is reportedly in talks with Pohang Steelers coach Kim Ki-dong, who is said to be a ‘mastermind’. Instead, Park Tae-ha, the technical committee chairman of the Korean Football Association, is being considered as Pohang’s new head coach, and Kim Do-gyun, who led Suwon FC to stay in the league, is heading to the K League 2 Seoul Land, marking the prelude to a ‘chain movement’ of K League coaches.랭크카지노

A Seoul club official said on the 12th, “Although the contract has not been finalised yet, we are negotiating with Kim Ki-dong to become the next head coach.” A Pohang official also acknowledged the possibility of a parting of ways, saying, “It would be best if Kim Ki-dong stays with the team, but even if he leaves, the basic policy is to sort out the relationship in a good way.”

Kim Ki-dong is a leading K League coach who has led the Pohang team to powerhouse status every season since his arrival. Since taking the helm in 2019, he has successfully guided Pohang through a number of adverse circumstances, including the departure of key players and a relative lack of support, with his tactical skills and leadership. He led Pohang to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) runners-up spot in 2021, and the Korean Football Association (FA) Cup title and league runners-up spot this year.

Having finished in the Final B (lower division) for the last four seasons in a row, Seoul are in desperate need of a ‘bounce back’. This season, the club started with Kim Jin-gyu as acting coach after Ahn Ik-soo resigned due to poor results. The club was looking for a coach to lead the team back to the top, and Kim Ki-dong, the ‘mastermind’, was their first choice. Seoul reportedly assured Kim that he would be treated at the highest level in the league.

Kim Ki-dong’s appointment as Seoul’s head coach has become a foregone conclusion, with news that Park Tae-ha is the favourite to become Pohang’s new boss. “It’s not confirmed, but that’s the general feeling,” said an official. Park Tae-ha is considered by many inside and outside the club to be the most suitable candidate to become the next head coach of Legends Pohang, having played exclusively in Pohang during his playing days, except for his military service (commercial).

It’s not just Kim Ki-dong and Park Tae-ha. Kim Do-gyun, who guided Suwon FC to K League 1 retention after a promotion play-off (PO), is leaving the club after four years with the club to join K League 2 side Seoul Eland. The club has been looking for a manager with promotion experience as they aim for their first ever promotion to the K League 1, and recently reached an agreement with Kim. Barring any major changes, it is expected that Kim will be announced as the new head coach of Seoul Eland soon.

In addition, former Olympic football team coach Kim Hak-bum has already begun planning for the new season after being appointed as the new head coach of Jeju United, including visiting K League sites such as the promotion PO. Former Chungnam Asan coach Park Dong-hyuk is the new head coach of Gyeongnam FC, where Seol Ki-hyun left, and Kim Hyun-seok is the new head coach of Chungnam Asan, where Park left. FC Anyang, whose head coach Lee Woo-hyung moved to the role of technical director, also announced a new start under Yoo Byung-hoon.

Suwon FC and Cheonan City are in need of new managers after the departure of their previous bosses. Other K League clubs are expected to announce new managers in the coming days, including Suwon Samsung, which is said to be considering both retaining acting coach Yeom Ki-hoon and hiring a new head coach. This means that the chain of managers could continue.

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