Reporter Lee Hyeon-min = Ulsan Hyundai manager Hong Myung-bo was furious. This is because Jun Amano (Jeonbuk Hyundai), whom he coached until last season, did not keep his promise.
Defending champion Ulsan was convened at the clubhouse in Dong-gu, Ulsan on the 3rd and started training in preparation for the 2023 season. Three new foreign players, Kim Young-kwon, Kim Tae-hwan, and Cho Hyun-woo, who participated in the 2022 Qatar World Cup on the 9th, joined to form a complete team.
At 1:30 pm on the 11th, I met coach Hong Myung-bo at the clubhouse in Dong-gu, Ulsan. “I started training last week. The players have been building up their bodies well during the break. This is the first training session with all the players after I took office. It’s not 100% right now, but I’m satisfied with the players’ training attitude and physical condition.”
There are some changes from last season. Joo Min-gyu, one of the best strikers in the K-League 1, made a comeback to Ulsan from Jeju United. He had midfielder Boyanich from the Swedish national team, striker Rubiksson, and midfielder Kim Min-hyeok from Seongnam FC.
Coach Hong Myung-bo said, “Existing players need to help new players join us quickly. Joo Min-gyu has been in Ulsan before, so there is no big problem. I also experienced overseas performances, but foreign players are from a different culture, so I have to communicate often and give them the comfort of being at home. Finding comfort will have a positive impact on your performance.” 슬롯사이트
Ulsan broke up with Amano Jun, a Japanese national team midfielder who struggled in the second line until last season. It was originally planned to accompany them. However, Amano suddenly wore Ulsan’s rival Jeonbuk uniform.
Director Hong Myung-bo was furious and said, “(Lee) Dong-jun went to Jeonbuk because it was an unavoidable situation. However, Amano is hated by the people of our country the most… He chose that way. He talked to the club and the team a long time ago to extend the lease if possible. He said he was OK too.”
“After the season, I went back to Japan, but then I moved to Jeonbuk. Amano did that to me. He said ‘money is not important to him’. As a result, he went to Jeonbuk for money. He lied,” he said. “The worst Japanese player I know. I’ve met a lot of Japanese players so far, and among them, this is the worst. If you want to go to another team to challenge or if there is a reason, it is right to let them go, but that was not the situation.”
Lastly, coach Hong Myung-bo said, “It means that we do not respect Ulsan. Even the Japanese coach (Seigo Ikeda) was disappointed. There is no power leak due to Amano’s departure. An alternative has been prepared,” he expressed confidence.