Coach Kim Sang-sik (47) laid down the baton of Jeonbuk Hyundai in the K League 1.

On the 4th, Jeonbuk officially announced that “Director Kim Sang-shik has resigned.” Coach Kim conveyed his intention of resigning twice, and although the process leading to the club and the parent company (Hyundai Motors) was somewhat delayed, it is said that the final decision was made in the late afternoon of the 3rd.

Coach Kim announced the farewell to the team prior to the full training held at the Wanju-gun clubhouse on the 4th in preparation for the 11th round away game of ‘Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’ with FC Seoul to be held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 5th.

With this, the long journey of the Green Corps and coach Kim, which started wearing the Jeonbuk uniform ahead of the 2009 season, came to an end after 14 years. Active until the 2013 season, he assisted former coach Choi Kang-hee and coach José Morais (Portugal) as a coach from June 2014 to 2020, and from 2021 he ascended to the 6th command tower and performed his duties.

The breakup between manager Kim and Jeonbuk is not an unexpected news. There were signs. Jeonbuk, which has been in extreme sluggishness this season, has been shunned by the home crowd. In the ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’, which digested up to 10 rounds without capturing both performance and results, recorded 6 losses (3 wins, 1 draw, 10 points), and suddenly fell to 10th place in the relegation zone.

In the worst crisis of all time, voices and criticism were pouring out of the club, and voices demanding the coaching staff continued. However, the club could hardly decide to break up. It was not easy to abandon the legend who shared Jeonbuk’s heyday.ㅋㅋㅋ벳

Coach Kim has won the K-League twice as a player (2009, 2011) and as a coach six times (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) and won the AFC Champions League in 2016, when he finished runner-up in the league. has leveled In 2020, he contributed to the ‘double’ by winning both the league and the FA Cup. During the two seasons he led the team as manager, he won the K League 1 and the FA Cup once each.

However, this season has been particularly unresolved. First, coach Kim took responsibility for the grades. After being sent off for protesting in the 8th round (2-0 win) against Jeju United, he first expressed his intention to resign on the 29th of last month, right after losing 1-2 at home to Daejeon Hana Citizen, who he failed to keep the bench. told

However, his resignation was not accepted at this time. It is rumored that the intention of the parent company to “treat people carefully and provide maximum support” was strongly reflected. However, after the 10th round at home against Gangwon FC on the 30th (0-1 loss), coach Kim once again expressed his will and returned as a free man.

Meanwhile, Jeonbuk, which will entrust head coach Kim Doo-hyun, who worked with coach Kim, as the temporary baton, plans to begin the process of appointing a new coach for a wide range of candidates including foreign coaches.

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