Seol Ki-hyeon, director of Gyeongnam Province, “I always think this is the last time… I will make a difference by increasing the level of completion”
Gyeongnam FC coach Seol Gi-hyeon is preparing for the fourth season with the determination that it will be the last.
On the 15th, a Gyeongnam press conference was held at the Arina Hotel in Miryang, Gyeongsangnam-do, for the ‘2023 K-League Winter Field Training Media Camp’. Gyeongnam, which was unfortunately eliminated in the K-League 2 playoffs last season, is preparing for the new season by going back and forth to Namhae and Miryang in Gyeongnam, aiming for better results this season.
After the season, Gyeongnam announced a one-year renewal with manager Seol. During his three-year tenure, there was a theory of responsibility for failing to promote to K-League 1, but considering the fact that he discovered young players such as Lee Jun-jae and Park Jae-hwan amid difficulties such as the departure of key foreign players last season and a series of injuries, and that he advanced to the K-League 2 playoffs, It was a decision.
Coach Seol, who has been in his fourth year, is preparing for the season with the determination that it will be his last as always. As he has reached his fourth season, he is thinking of achieving promotion by making full use of soccer with a higher degree of perfection. “I got another chance because you were kind to me. I tried to produce results every year, and this year will be the same. However, results do not come out just because I am trying to produce them. So far, there has been a clumsy aspect of my football. I am making up for it. I am doing it with the thought that this year will be the last.” Next is Seol Ki-hyun’s Q&A,
this season’s resolution
After the 1st Namhae field training, I came to Miryang from the 2nd. Currently focusing on detailed tactical training. It’s 4 years now. I have to organize the things I did well and the things I lacked so far, and improve the perfection of the soccer I want to play. Only then will you be able to differentiate yourself from other teams. We are preparing with an emphasis on that. Also, there were a lot of patients last season. This year, we will pay more attention to this point so that we can proceed with the composition we have in mind from the beginning.
We signed a new contract, but
we thought it might be difficult because we couldn’t reach our final goal last year. I am grateful to the new owner for trusting me once more. I took another chance, but I have to make good use of the strengths of a 4th year coach. If you compare the composition of the team when you first came and now, the team has changed a lot. I am forming players that fit the soccer I want to play. We have to create results, and we have to make a team with a little more color.
What is the color of Gyeongnam?
We scored a lot of goals last year and conceded a lot. We focused on making it difficult for opponents who are systematically defending and creating chances through the ability of our players. On the other hand, as I was too concerned with offense, problems appeared in defense. Teams that produce good results are based on stabilizing the defense. This year, we need to balance well and create a high-quality attack at the same time. ‘Gyeongnam is playing this kind of football’ must be clearly shown on the pitch.
There is a feeling that the midfielder and defensive reinforcement are not enough, which is connected to the defensive problem.
I think this year’s composition is the best of the past four years. Song Hong-min and Lee Kang-hee joined the midfield. Existing players include Lee Kwang-jin and Kim Beom-yong. On the fullback side, Lee Min-ki and Lee Jun-jae grew while playing many games last year. Woo Joo-seong, who was injured during the winter season, is also a good player. It’s because there weren’t any outstanding recruits, but the reinforcement was carried out in a substantial way. The overall composition is even. We are expecting more this year.
Last year, the center of attack was a foreign player, but all of them left after Tiago. Will the newly recruited Glayson and Castro, who is entering his second year, be able to fill the void?
Both Glayson and Castro are working very hard. As a manager, the important thing when building a team is how well the players play as a team. It’s good to have players with excellent individual skills, but relying only on those players is risky. This year’s foreign players may lack individual skills compared to last year’s players, but they can play well as a team. Of course, the absolute individual skill does not decrease. It can be a plus for the team. If you harmonize with the existing strikers, you will create a good look. Also, there are still spots for foreign players. I plan to reinforce a different type of player than the current players.
I’m going to the fourth year, which may be my last chance. Are you prepared?
I always thought it was the last. Thank you so much for giving me another chance. Every year I tried to produce results, and this year will be the same. However, it doesn’t come out just because the results are trying to come out. In the end, I think it is competitiveness to make the soccer I want to play more certain. It’s not easy being in charge of one team for four years in the pros. Familiarity and organizational skills should be used as strengths. Whether attacking or defending, it is important that 11 people become a team on the pitch and create good situations through organization. There was a clumsy side to my football so far. making up for it I am thinking that this year will be the last.
Until now, I pursued the soccer that I thought of, but it did not produce results. don’t you feel the limit
It’s very lacking. When I first started as a professional coach in Gyeongnam, I discovered and supplemented many of my shortcomings. It is very difficult to play colored soccer. You can’t do it perfectly from scratch. It takes a process of working hard, admitting mistakes, and making up for them until they are perfected. There were many things that I lacked in my 4th year, but one thing I think I did well is that I formed a team and led the team in one direction for 4 years메이저사이트. As the new owner gave us a chance, we need to build a more complete team. We will prepare to become the team we think of.
Gyeongnam is a team in the K-League 2 whose personnel expenses are not small. To the players , whether there is any pressure to produce results,
‘We are a club that invests a lot in K-League 2. Rather than simply aiming for promotion, you should aim to go up to the K League 1, advance to the ACL (Asian Football Confederation Champions League), and ultimately win the K League 1. We should not be satisfied with promotion alone,” he emphasized. The club is also investing with that thought. Thank you for continuing to invest in Donna Club. It is important to gain strength and create a competitive team in the first division. I’m still working hard, and I think I need to work harder.
There has been a lot of talk lately about the club. The possibility of dissolution in the future was also mentioned.
It is important to do what we can do well. There are many things going on, and I think the Donna club will solve them well. It is said that something like this may happen in the future, but it does not mean that it will happen 100%. Si-do-min clubs always have such variables. We must pay more attention to the people of the province and instill the belief that it is worth investing in.
If you predict the K-League 2 map and the position of Gyeongnam this season,
there are various evaluations before the start of the season, but things change a lot once the season starts. On the surface, it seems that Kim Chun will do the best, and all the other teams seem to be competing. You can’t predict what will happen. Our goal is promotion, either directly or through the playoffs. I’ll have to change it depending on the situation, but I’m going to challenge myself to achieve my goal somehow.
Which team do you think will compete most fiercely this season?
I don’t know which team I’ll be competing with for the ranking, but every year I struggled with Bucheon or Chungnam-Asan. How you perform against those teams this season will determine if you can go higher. We are analyzing and training what we found difficult. He struggled with teams that were physically strong and active. This year, we are preparing a lot to get results.