Communication and respect are necessary, but we must not cross the line in our respective areas.
Teams that have been sluggish in the recent K-League have become obsessed with angry fans’ ‘Bomak (blocking the team’s bus)’ and ‘Director’s call’. . This time, Gangwon FC coach Choi Yong-soo could not avoid the summoning of the fans.
On May 13,메이저사이트 in the Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023 round 13 match held at the main stadium in Chuncheon Songam Sports Town, Gangwon, led by coach Choi Yong-soo, lost 0-2, giving consecutive goals to Han Ho-gang and Ahn Byeong-jun of Suwon Samsung.
As a result, Gangwon suffered 3 consecutive league losses in May and stayed in 11th place out of 12 league teams with 2 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses. In particular, the defeat on this day was a bigger blow. Gangwon, who was caught in the head-to-head confrontation with Suwon, who was in the lowest place, and allowed a chase by only two points, is now in a position to worry about falling to the last place.
The current head coach of Suwon, Byung-soo Kim, was the former head coach of Gangwon, so the match was also called the ‘Kim Byung-soo Derby’. Coach Kim Byung-soo, who was put in as a firefighter in Suwon, reported his first victory since taking over as the command tower as a sacrifice of his own team.
Gangwon, which caused a sensation by advancing to the top division (6th place) last year, has not been able to catch up this season. After suffering from a sluggish streak of 8 games in a row since the opening, it seemed to reverse the atmosphere after a long time, winning consecutive victories against FC Seoul (3-2) in the 9th round on April 26 and Jeonbuk Hyundai (1-0) on the 29th. However, in May, Suwon FC (0-2), Ulsan (0-1), and Suwon Samsung suffered three consecutive scoreless losses and failed to accumulate points.
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▲ The 2023 K League 1 Gangwon FC and Ulsan Hyundai held at Songam Sports Town in Chuncheon, Gangwon on the 5th. Gangwon coach Choi Yong-soo is touching his forehead.
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Currently, Gangwon’s biggest problem is severe bone drought. Gangwon has scored only 7 goals in 13 league games so far, showing the worst scoring ability of 0.53 goals per game. Gangwon is the only team out of 12 K-League 1 teams that failed to score in double digits. This is the second consecutive scoreless streak this season after April, and no goals were scored in 8 out of 13 games, more than half of them.
Gangwon’s main three-top is not using his strength at all. Foreign striker Dino, who returned after missing a year due to an Achilles tendon injury at the beginning of last year, recorded only one assist in eight league games this season and has yet to score a goal. Kim Dae-won (1 assist) and Yang Hyeon-joon (1 goal, 1 assist), who jointly scored 20 goals last season, are only scoring 1 goal and 2 assists this season. Another veteran striker, Lee Jeong-hyeop, is also delayed due to injury. Even coach Choi Yong-soo said, “It is regrettable that there is no player with decisive power.”
About 5,000 Gangwon fans who visited Chuncheon Songam Sports Town finally exploded at the frustrating performance. Some Gangwon fans blocked the entrance of the players and put up banners such as ‘When will spring come to us’ and demanded a meeting with coach Choi Yong-soo. Accordingly, coach Choi had to take time to apologize and explain his sluggishness in front of the fans.
Director Choi said, “I prepared hard to impress and delight the fans, but the desired result did not come out. Rather than blaming the player, I am so sorry that I have nothing to say even with ten mouths.”
Following this, coach Choi said, “Actually, the composition of the players did not work as smoothly as I wanted at the beginning of the season,” and expressed his regret for the club’s support and reinforcement of power. Director Choi said, “It seems like an excuse, but I feel sorry again because soccer is shown as a result anyway. Please have a little patience as there is an opportunity to reinforce players in the summer. I will wake up and pour my passion into it.” promised
‘Blocking the bus’ and manager’s call, is it okay as it is?
Recently, in the K-League, ‘barmak’ and manager’s call have occurred frequently.
Suwon Samsung and Jeonbuk Hyundai, the ‘famous houses’ that fell to the bottom, could not avoid ‘Bomak’ early on. Coincidentally, the two teams that were called to coach with ‘Bomak’ had to lay down the baton one after another, with coaches Lee Byeong-geun and Kim Sang-sik taking responsibility for poor performance, respectively.
Coach Choi Yong-soo said in an interview when ‘Bomak’ became a hot potato in the league at the beginning of the season, “Of course you have to take responsibility for the results, but the coach is also a person. It is not easy to coach a professional team. Even if fans criticize, I hope the level will be adjusted.” However, unfortunately, he became the party of ‘Beomak’ after about a month.
Fortunately, the meeting between coach Choi Yong-soo and Gangwon fans was not as serious as feared. Coach Choi readily stood up in front of the fans and honestly acknowledged the team’s sluggishness, and responded with a flexible and low-key attitude throughout. Fans also naturally formed an atmosphere of communication and encouragement by exchanging Q&A rather than one-sided criticism. It was different from the situation in Jeonbuk where former manager Kim Sang-sik continued to fight with the supporters and led to the worst confrontation.
But how effective are ‘blocking the bus’ and the director’s call? Fans put forward affection for the team, a sense of participation, and communication with the club as justifications. Directly showing fans’ opinions may have a temporary stimulating effect on the coach and players.
However, if this phenomenon continues to be abused, the players will be put under more pressure, and it may result in only hurting each other’s feelings. There is also a limit to disclosing and explaining the team’s internal circumstances or professional choices surrounding the game operation to the fans. Communication and respect are necessary for each other, but we need an attitude that does not cross the line in each area. Can director Choi Yong-soo and Kang-won avoid the jinx of ‘Bumak’ and the director call?