Samsung head coach Kim Byung-soo is stepping down. The decision comes after just 144 days in charge of Suwon. The bottom-ranked Suwon (22-5W, 7D, 19L) in the K League 1 (1st Division) is still in a fog over its chances of staying in the top flight amid a tumultuous season that has seen the club change managers twice this year.
Suwon said on Friday, “Coach Kim informed the club today of his intention to resign. The club’s internal decision-making process remains. We won’t be able to give an official statement until the 26th.” Suwon, which fired former coach Lee Byung-geun in April, was forced to change managers for the second time this season.
Kim succeeded Lee in May as Suwon’s eighth head coach. The former Yeongnam University, Seoul Eland and Gangwon FC coach was known for his tactical football, but there was no “Kim Byung-soo effect” at Suwon. Since taking over, Kim has a record of 5 wins, 5 draws, and 11 losses in the league and FA Cup. Last-place Suwon, which recently suffered its fourth straight league defeat, is now three points adrift of 11th-place Gangwon (W25-4 D13-L14). The bottom of the league will be relegated to the K League 2 (2nd Division) next year.
The problem is Suwon’s track record. In recent seasons, the club has made nothing but unsuccessful moves in the transfer market. Only Kim Joo-won and Kazuki (Japan) have been able to add to the team’s strength in the winter and summer transfers this season. Others such as Acosti (Ghana), Kim Kyung-jung and Mulic (Serbia) have fallen short of expectations. They failed to fill the void left by Oh Hyun-gyu (Celtic), who left for Europe earlier this year. The past of placing the blame solely on the head coach without addressing the underlying causes of poor performance has come to a head.카지노사이트
Suwon would still like to see a dramatic turnaround, but at this point, no matter who takes over after Lee, Choi Sung-yong, or Kim, it’s likely the same old story will repeat itself.