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10 years of indifference to Samsung… Shortening director replacement cycle → ‘Dodol-Ipyo Tragedy’

The future of Suwon Samsung is not visible. 

For 10 years, Suwon has come down to the bottom amid the parent company’s indifference. The tragedy of changing the director again after a year proves this.

On the 17th, Suwon said, “The club confirmed that it had notified manager Lee Byeong-geun of the hardship,” and said, “The appointment of a successor coach will be announced as soon as it is decided after internal discussions.” 

On April 18 last year, coach Lee, who succeeded Park Geon-ha as the 7th coach of Suwon, stepped down from the coaching position just one year after taking office.

In particular, Lee’s tenure of 364 days is the shortest among the seven coaches who have passed through Suwon.

Suwon, which established a soccer team in 1995, was famous for giving its manager a long tenure. Founding coach Kim Ho (28-55 days) served for 8 years, and 2nd head coach Cha Bum-geun coached for 6 and a half years.

The 3rd coach Seong-Hyo Yoon left after 2 and a half years, but the manager Jeong-Won Seo took over for another 6 years and decorated a page in Suwon.

However, after Director Seo’s departure, Suwon faces the ‘short-lived era’ of full-fledged directors. Director Lee Im-saeng stayed for 591 days and the 6th director Park Geon-ha stayed for 587 days, unable to complete two years, and Lee was kicked out after one year.

The recent three leaders may have parted ways with the club due to their lack of ability, but looking for a more fundamental cause, Samsung’s indifference as the world’s leading company plays a large role.

In 2014, Samsung transferred the operation of the Samsung sports team, including the soccer team, to Cheil Worldwide, the group’s public relations agency, and other companies within the group, including Samsung Electronics, changed the form to help the operation of Cheil’s sports team through donations.

However, this only led to the aftereffects of a gradual reduction in sponsorship money, which was only a professionalization of club management. The Suwon club, which had the most fans in Korea and was evaluated as a virtuous cycle structure, began to become an ambiguous club that was neither one nor the other from this point on.

As the saying goes, ‘Even if a rich man perishes, three years will last’, Suwon’s performance from 2014 to 2017 was not bad. In the league rankings, except for the 7th place in the 2016 season, it was always at the top until the 3rd place in the 2017 season.

The FA Cup also maintained its position as the most winning team with victories in 2016 and 2019, and also steadily advanced to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League, advancing to the semifinals of the 2018 season. 

However, when useful players leave Suwon, the quality and quantity of players who replace them are not the same as before, and as the rudder is turned to use players from youth, the phenomenon of gradually declining grades has not changed.

In the end, after experiencing the humiliation of going through the promotion playoffs last year, this year, after struggling with 2 draws and 5 losses in the first 7 games, Lee brought out the superpower of early hardening of coach.

However, the dodol-i table ‘resignation of the manager’ with a decreasing cycle does not show that the command tower and players are the problem in the end. This is because even if the director is replaced every time, it has become a vicious cycle due to the parent company’s indifference.

It has been 10 years since the transition to the parent company, but Suwon is lost and wandering around. 

Although the advancement of promising players such as Kwon Chang-hoon, Jeong Sang-bin, and Oh Hyun-gyu into Europe can be cited as an achievement,메이저놀이터 many people wonder how big of a plus their overseas expansion was to a club that abandoned performance and box office success. Many voices say that continued indifference will only lead to tragedy.


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