Suwon Samsung’s fall is not unusual.
Suwon is at the bottom (12th place) with 5 wins, 7 draws, and 20 losses, and 22 points in the ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’, which has completed 32 rounds. If this continues, direct demotion is inevitable. In K League 1, up to three teams are relegated to K League 2, and while 10th and 11th place are given a final opportunity through promotion playoffs (PO), 12th place is dropped.
The situation is serious. The gap with 11th place Gangwon FC (4 wins, 14 draws, 14 losses, 26 points) is 4 points. It is not easy to overturn a gap of one game and a half. With the lowest place reserved until the 33rd round of the regular season, if they fail to rebound in the five games to be played in the final round group B (7th to 12th places), they will experience the first relegation in the club’s history.
Suwon’s impatience is revealed by repeated ‘replacement of the command tower’. This year alone, we had four leaders, including the ‘acting director’. After parting ways with former coach Lee Byung-geun in April, he entrusted the temporary baton to head coach Choi Seong-yong, and after firing former coach Kim Byeong-soo, who took office in May, on the 26th of last month, ‘Living Legend’ Yeom Ki-hoon was appointed as acting coach.스포츠토토
The fact that the team’s most loved player was appointed as a playing coach this season but has no significant leadership experience means that Suwon is in urgent need. For a desperate club, this could be the last chance to win.
However, the outside view is not positive. It is seen as a temporary measure to cover up criticism of the club’s incompetent administration, which can be seen in the investment from the parent company that virtually disappeared, the reinforcing of the team’s insufficient power, and the poor preparation for the season to the point of giving up overseas training.
Unfortunately, even the ‘Acting Yeom Ki-hoon’ system did not get off to a good start. On the 30th of last month, they lost 0-2 in an away game against Incheon United, falling into their fifth consecutive loss. He scored once and lost 11 goals during the five-game losing streak. They will play the 33rd round against Pohang Steelers at home on the 8th, but expectations are not high. In a situation where no clues have been found, home games are rather scary. Fans who used black as their dress code in the Incheon game to mean ‘Suwon Samsung is dead’ are planning to criticize the club even more loudly when they play against Pohang on the 8th. Acting Director Yeom said, “I will not run away. He said, “It will be different if we take the time to prepare,” but Suwon has already wasted too much time.