Two P-level directors who flew without power… Limits and downside of turning block

“Now, the first match of the manager’s debut was against Gamba Osaka (Japan) in the first leg of the Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL) group stage, with two goals from Cho Kyu-seong and one goal and one assist from Barrow, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors won 3-1 at home. How do you feel?”

“Yes. Kyu-Sung Cho did a really good job. However, now that he has to enlist in the military, other players are needed, and Barrow plays that role…”

In December 2020, when everyone was shrinking due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19), training for the P-level license, the highest level of leader certification, was being conducted carefully at a hotel in Ulsan.

At the time, the reporter was fortunate enough to become a daily instructor for ‘Media Education-Interview Skills’ at the recommendation of the person who was conducting the P-license training. 27 leaders gathered at the meeting, including former Daejeon Hana Citizen coach Lee Tae-ho, Seoul City Hall coach Yoo Young-sil, current under-20 (U-20) national team coach Kim Eun-joong, and former A national team coach Choi Tae-wook.

Former Jeonbuk Hyundai coach Kim Sang-sik, who resigned voluntarily on the 4th, was also one of the trainees. At the time, coach Kim, who was the head coach of Jeonbuk, was determined to lead the team after coach Jose Morais.

Assuming that Jeonbuk beat Gamba, coach Kim changed his role as attendees at the press conference after the first game, and the rest of the students as reporters. A lot of questions poured in from each of them, such as how they selected players and how they would plan for the season. Director Kim ended the unofficial (?) directorial debut press conference with a witty answer.

The lengthy description of the situation at the time is that each of the 27 leaders who gathered at the meeting came to this position after building their careers. More than just tactics and strategies, after retiring from active duty, he acquired a lower-grade license and even reached the P license. Spending tens of millions of won (of course, since it is an individual investment for the future, even if it does not mean much to a third party), I learned a lot about sports physiology, leadership, marketing, and psychology.

The large number of subjects goes hand in hand with the expansion of the professional sports industry. In modern football, the era of taking responsibility for one game by the coach has long passed. Fans know that front desk support systems must be modern, scientific, commercial, and humane. No matter how much a leader learns, it is useless if there are executives who do not understand the industry. Conversely, leaders must also put themselves into the structure of the industry. 스포츠토토

A leader who acquires a P license is so precious. It is not unrelated to the fact that Suwon Samsung recently sacked manager Lee Byeong-geun, and the management started looking for a holder of the P license, which is essential when conducting the bench (= Acting Choi Sung-yong was the holder). After retiring as a player, he joined the ranks of leaders and invested nearly 10 years until he became a manager, rejoicing in victory, bitter about defeat, sighing because he could not prevent the transfer of players he had to protect due to lack of funds, in front of fans shouting “win!” Through the accumulation of experience saying sorry, the birth of a leader called a master is continued.

Hong Myung-bo, the manager of Ulsan Hyundai, was like that. At the time of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, coach Dick Advocaat appointed coach Hong as a coach as a bridge between the players. He went through the national team by age group, cried with the players with the bronze medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, and shared joy with the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. In the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, he came in as a tinkering leader and suffered a hard time hiding after being eliminated from the group stage and resigning due to controversy outside the match.

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