Among the K-League 2 coaches in 2023, only one coach was active as a player during the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. It is coach Seol Ki-hyeon (44) who is holding the baton of Gyeongnam FC. Already in his fourth year as coach, he is keeping his promise a season ago, saying, “I will make a team with a lot of color.”
Coach Seol Ki-hyun began his full-fledged leadership career by taking the helm of K-League 2 Gyeongnam FC in 2020. His achievements in the first three years of his tenure were advancing to the playoffs (PO) twice. However, in PO, Suwon FC and FC Anyang knelt down.
December 31 last year was the expiration date of the contract, but Gyeongnam once again joined hands with coach Seol Ki-hyun. The club explained, “It was a proposal under the condition of maintaining continuity of power and promotion to K-League 1.”
Coach Seol Ki-hyun, who has become a ‘4th year Gyeongnam’ coach, said at the media day of winter training last February, “I think that as a coach in the fourth year, I can differentiate myself from other teams only when the perfection of my soccer is improved.” “The team color I was trying to do should appear this year. We have to create results,” he stressed.
However, Gyeongnam was concerned because there was no major reinforcement other than the replacement of foreign players. On the media day of the field training, the question continued, ‘There seems to be little reinforcement such as defense’. Regarding this, coach Seol Ki-hyeon confidently said, “I think our team composition is the best in the past four years.”
At the time, coach Seol Ki-hyun emphasized the ‘balance between offense and defense’. He said, “I have seen a lot of good teams create offense based on stability in defense. This year, I will strike a good balance to find stability in the offense and defense, and I will create a high-quality football that I think.”
As coach Seol Ki-hyun said at the beginning of the season, Gyeongnam FC is showing an excellent air-defense balance. As of the 17th, Gyeongnam FC recorded 3 wins and 3 draws (3rd place) in the first 6 league games, but allowed only 2 points. In the 4th round against Chungbuk Cheongju FC, he only allowed 2 runs, but succeeded in ‘clean sheets’ in the remaining games. Including 2 FA Cup matches, the season has 5 wins, 3 draws and only 3 goals conceded.
Seol Ki-hyun’s next opponent is No. 1 FC Anyang (4 wins, 2 draws), which is also running an ‘undefeated’ march. Anyang won a 4-2 come-from-behind victory against Bucheon FC, even though Jonathan, who was a key force, left (drunken driving).토토사이트 The two teams will face off in the 7th round of the Hanawon Q K League 2 2023 at the Changwon Soccer Center on the 18th.