Ahn Ik-soo’s departure a ‘first step’ for Seoul under Kim Jin-gyu…could it signal a rebound?

FC Seoul will make a new start with Kim Jin-gyu (38) acting coach system. The key is how quickly they can recover from the chaotic atmosphere, such as the recent repeated sluggishness and the sudden resignation of head coach Ahn Ik-soo,온라인바카라 centered around the ‘Legend’ Kim Jin-kyu. Showing fans hope for a rebound for the rest of the season is expected to be as important a task as the results.

Seoul, led by Acting Kim Jin-gyu, clashes with leading Ulsan Hyundai in the 28th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 7:00 pm on the 27th. It is the first game to be played since coach Ahn Ik-soo announced his resignation immediately after the game against Daegu FC on the 19th, and three days later, head coach Kim Jin-gyu was officially appointed as acting manager.

Acting Kim is also a ‘legend’ who participated in 220 K-League games only for Seoul as a player. After his retirement, he coached Osango (U-18), a youth team in Seoul, and coached Seoul from 2020. He was promoted to head coach this year, but took over the baton in a hurry when coach Ahn suddenly resigned. Previously, he temporarily led coach Ahn’s three games (1 draw, 2 losses), including Corona 19 confirmation and disciplinary action (2 games), but it is the first time for acting Kim Jin-gyu to lead both training and games as a command tower for a team.

Above all, changing the atmosphere is the biggest challenge. Seoul is currently in a swamp of 5 consecutive games without a win (3 draws, 2 losses). Since June, the record has been 2 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses, especially at home, with the recent 1 win, 4 draws and 1 loss, it is difficult to establish a relationship with victory. The current league standings have fallen to 5th place. Depending on the results of the 1st and 2nd games, concerns are growing that they may fall to the ninth place, the final group B.

In addition, the atmosphere of the team is also disturbed by the sudden resignation of coach Ahn. On the 19th, when he heard the news of his resignation, he left the stadium in a gloomy atmosphere, and some players even shed tears. There must be some players who feel responsible for the manager’s resignation, so it was an urgent task to reverse the atmosphere that had subsided in the aftermath of the manager’s resignation.

At the first meeting after taking office, acting manager Kim Jin-gyu raised the atmosphere of the team by emphasizing communication and fighting spirit. He said, “Starting today, I will communicate with all players. If you have any difficulties, please tell me at any time. In the meantime, the fighting spirit was too far away. You can’t go out on the field and not be ready to fight. This week, from the game against Ulsan, please show that and a different side of yourself.” The players also began to temper the Kim Jin-gyu acting system in a determined atmosphere in the heavy rain. An official said, “With the rain pouring down, the players trained in a serious atmosphere. Acting Kim Jin-kyu has a leadership style and is very good at communicating. I believe he will do well.”

Of course, I met a formidable opponent from the first game. Ulsan is the leading team in the league, and Seoul has been in a winless jinx for 5 years with 4 draws and 13 losses against Ulsan. From Seoul’s point of view, it is a game that cannot be missed. This is because if you can catch the leading Ulsan and break the jinx, it can be a fresh start for the new supervising system that is perfect. It is the best scenario for Seoul ahead of the Ulsan game.

There are other things that are just as important as the results. It shows a performance mixed with hope that we can look forward to for the rest of the season. Seoul recently repeated the pattern of losing the result by allowing a run at the end of the game. Unsatisfactory game management and frequent re-substitutions added to the criticism of coach Ahn. If Kim Jin-kyu shows a different appearance from the first game of the acting system, the atmosphere of both the players and fans can change at once. It is to fire a signal flare for a rebound.

The club has no choice but to pay attention to the start of the Kim Jin-gyu acting system in that it can affect the process or speed of selecting a new manager. The Seoul club is in a position to proceed very carefully with the appointment of the next command tower after coach Ahn’s sudden resignation. If a good trend can be continued in the acting system of Kim Jin-gyu, the club can proceed more carefully with the search for candidates for the next command tower and the process of appointing them as originally planned. Acting Kim can also be proudly included in the candidate group. The premise is whether they can show the club and fans their improved performance and hopes.