From coaches leaving after just one year…K League 2 already has a new head coach, Kalbari

December 4, 2023 | by

The winds of relegation are blowing through the K League 2 clubs. Four managers have already been sacked. Now that the season has just ended, other clubs and managers may decide to change their minds.

On the 30th of last month, news of the departure of the head coaches of two K League 2 clubs was announced one after another. Seoul Eland, which finished 11th out of 13 teams in the K League 2 this season, first terminated Park Chung-gyun’s contract, and Cheonan City FC, which finished last in its first season as a professional, also let go of Park Nam-yeol. Although the termination was announced as a mutual agreement, it was actually due to poor performance.

Park Chung-gyun was relieved of his duties after just one year in charge. Park, who previously served as head coach of Hanoi FC (Vietnam) and coach of the Vietnam national team and North Korea Hyundai, signed a three-year contract with Seoul Eland last November. This year, however, the club has dropped to 11th place, its lowest finish since its inception, with 10 wins, five draws and 21 losses. The team has scored the second-fewest goals in the league. After failing to win promotion again this year, Seoul Eland remained in the K League 2 for the 10th year of its existence and eventually parted ways with Park.

Cheonan’s partnership with Park Nam-yeol also ended after just one year. Park Nam-yeol became the first head coach of Cheonan, which entered the professional stage last November. Under Park, Cheonan had a tough debut season, going winless (5 draws and 15 losses) in their opening 20 matches. They turned things around after their first win in 21 games, but couldn’t avoid the bottom of the table with a record of 5 wins, 10 draws, and 21 losses. They scored the fewest goals in the league (33) and conceded the second most (62). 캡틴토토 주소

Even the departures were not good. Coach Park Nam-yeol publicly expressed his dissatisfaction with the club and Park over the reported appointment of Busan IPark technical advisor Park Kyung-hoon before the season ended.

Chungnam Asan also ended their seven-year partnership with Park Dong-hyuk and appointed former Ulsan University coach Kim Hyun-seok, the first 50-50 club owner in the K League, as their second head coach. Gyeongnam FC also recently parted ways with coach Seol Ki-hyun after being eliminated from the K League 2 Playoffs (PO). Gyeongnam gave Seol an early notice that he would not be re-signed regardless of whether or not they won promotion.

As clubs move quickly to turn things around by changing coaches, attention will turn to how the aftermath will affect other organizations. There is no shortage of managers who have struggled this season or have repeatedly failed to win promotion. Fans will be watching closely to see who each club chooses to take the helm and show their commitment to promotion.


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