Seol Ki-hyeon (44), the head coach of Gyeongnam FC, opened up about rumors of the dissolution of the club. 먹튀검증
Coach Seol Ki-hyun, who attended the 2023 season K-League winter field training media camp held at the Arina Hotel in Milyang-si, Gyeongsangnam-do on the 15th, said, “It is important that we do what we can do well. There are many things going on, and I think the club will do a good job solving them. I am saying that such things (dissolution or lowering the K3 league) can happen, but it is not 100% certain. I think the Sidomin team is always in that situation,” he said calmly.
Gyeongnam, which receives about 10 billion won in annual travel expenses, has recently been found to be unfairly handling subsidies and travel expenses. It is known that Gyeongnam Province is considering disbanding the club or lowering the K3 League if it fails to promote to the K League 1 by 2025.
Director Seol Ki-hyeon believed that the answer was to silently go his own way. He said, “It is important to attract a lot of attention from the people of Gyeongsangnam-do and to instill (in Gyeongsangnam-do) faith in the value of investment. We have to do the things we have to do, the things we can do well,” he pointed out.
Eventually you have to score. Gyeongnam has stayed in K League 2 for 4 years after being relegated in the 2019 season. In 2020, when coach Seol Ki-hyun took the helm, Gyeongnam finished the regular season in 3rd place. However, the first division was frustrated by a tie with Suwon FC in second place in the playoffs (PO). Last season, key players left from the beginning due to injuries, and foreign players Willian (FC Seoul) and Hernandez (Incheon United) left the team through the summer transfer market. Despite the difficult situation, they reached 5th place and defeated Bucheon FC 1995 in JunPO, but failed to surpass FC Anyang.
Due to the lower-than-expected performance, high-level criticism continued towards coach Seol Ki-hyun. Moreover, Gyeongnam has put a lot of effort into the team. In the K-League 2, it always ranked 2nd or 3rd in terms of team salary expenditure. Gyeongnam, which spent 5.7 billion won on team salaries, invested the third largest amount last year, following Daejeon Hana Citizen (8.8 billion won) and Seoul E-Land (5.8 billion won). However, the promotion failed.
Coach Seol Ki-hyun, who said, “(As a manager), is very lacking,” said, “I think it is difficult to play soccer with color. It’s hard to push through until it’s finished. It is also necessary to work hard, make up for it, and admit when you are wrong. There were many things that were lacking (for 4 years), but I think he did well in his own way to form players in one direction and lead the team.”
Coach Seol Ki-hyun, whose last season was the last year of his contract, signed a one-year renewal contract with Gyeongnam and was given another chance. It is very likely that whether or not Gyeongnam will be promoted this year will affect Seol’s future. It can also affect the survival of the team.
Director Seol Ki-hyun said, “We have to make good use of his strengths as a coach in his fourth year. Compared to his first season, there are about 3 or 4 existing players left. It is a story that (the team) is being formed with players suitable for my soccer,” he said. Based on what has been organized for three years, it is important to make it more complete this season.”
The goal is to enter the K-League 1. Coach Seol Ki-hyun said, “It is difficult to predict which team will go to PO (in the K-League 2). Our goal is promotion. I will challenge myself to achieve my garden goal through direct garden and PO,” he said with strength.