It was a bombshell statement. FC Seoul head coach Ahn Ik-soo publicly announced his intention to resign right after the match against Daegu FC on the 19th. The club was embarrassed, but finally accepted it after an urgent discussion.카지노사이트
On the morning of the 22nd, Seoul officially announced the breakup with manager Ahn Ik-soo. The club announced, “As coach Ahn Ik-soo expressed his gratitude and expressed his firm determination that a big change was necessary for the team to leap to the top, we decided to accept the will of coach Ahn Ik-soo after much consideration.” He continued, “For the quick stabilization of the team, we will appoint head coach Kim Jin-kyu as an acting manager and take over the baton from the match against Ulsan on the 27th (Sun).”
In early September 2021, director Ahn Ik-soo became the captain of Seoul, which was stranded in the relegation zone. He quickly took control of the squad and brought out what the players were good at. His performance, which was 10th at the time of his appointment, ended the season by climbing to 7th, the highest ranking of Final Round B. Fans praised the new manager by shouting “Ikberge” and “Iksu Christ”.
In 2022, he focused on planting his football philosophy in earnest. Seoul tried pass football, which increased possession and built-up as a basis, but destroyed position in some cases. After winning the opening game, there was a period of 7 games without a win, but they clearly showed the soccer they wanted to play. With former and current national team midfielders such as Ki Sung-yong and Hwang In-beom, the ‘Iksu ball’ gradually matured. At the time, Hwang In-beom showed pride, saying, “It’s the most sophisticated football in the K-League.”
However, it slipped every time at the decisive moment. As we drew or lost the game we had to catch, we eventually fell to Final B. Although the soccer color was firmly applied, it was not successful in producing results. Fans’ dissatisfaction grew, and finally coach Ahn Ik-soo took the microphone in front of the fans and apologized.
Seoul, who narrowly finished the season in 9th place, spent the winter training period steadily and looked forward to the 2023 season. By June, that anticipation had led to satisfaction. The scoring power, which was pointed out as a weakness in the 2022 season, rose significantly and once ran to second place. However, with the arrival of the hot summer, performance plummeted. It coincided with the departure of Hwang Eui-jo, a rental student, and failed to catch both the content and the result. The sense of crisis was amplified as they were sluggish with 1 win, 3 draws and 4 losses in 8 matches from July to the last match against Daegu. The ranking was 4th, but the level of criticism from the fans increased due to the anxiety of falling to the final B and disappointment in the performance. Coach Ahn Ik-soo put down the baton after saying that change was necessary.
The club was embarrassed. Through a surprise remark, I was informed that I would suddenly step down. It was a situation where there was no preparation to finish the two years of shared joy and sorrow. However, with the team’s stabilization as the top priority, after much thought, he accepted the will and decided to focus on completing the season well.
Aside from the results, over the past two years, Seoul has been reborn as a team with distinct colors under the direction of head coach Ahn Ik-soo. K-League officials picked Lee Gu-dong-seong Seoul as the team with the clearest soccer philosophy. Football, which has been adhered to for two years, has now established itself as a style representing Seoul.
The club and coach Ahn Ik-soo worked together to bring about positive changes within the team. The Players Lounge was opened at the Seoul World Cup Stadium to help players adjust their physical condition before the game, and a voluntary attendance system for home games was introduced so that they could have both the rights and responsibilities as professional players. This team management method had a positive impact on amateur players as well as pros.
Also, as a professional club, they wanted to develop football as an industry in the region. To this end, we aimed for synergy with the administrative part within the team. In an interview last year, coach Ahn Ik-soo said, “We need to create a virtuous cycle structure by systematizing the success of the youth team and making profits through the development of soccer industrialization with a direction and marketing effects through industrialization. Shouldn’t there be at least one club in Korea’s K-League 1… Shouldn’t that be FC Seoul?” He emphasized that this can lead to the development of Korean soccer. It was a remark made not as a head coach, but as a manager-type coach, which is rare in Korea.
He used to say that it usually takes about three years for a soccer team to improve its perfection after having a unique color. However, this is a story that is possible when the grades are backed up. In particular, it is not easy to fully devote that time in an environment where there is no significant difference in power between teams and 25% of teams in the league can be relegated. gap between ideal and reality.
As a result, Seoul was not satisfied with short-term results, but took the team’s direction from a long-term perspective. This is the harvest of the last two years. It is unknown who will take the baton as the official manager, but it remains to be seen what direction the club will go for continued development.