“I would like to say thank you to coach Choi for reaching out to us during difficult times.”
Park Nam-yeol (52), coach of the Changwon City Hall soccer team in the semi-pro K3 League, took the podium at the 2022 K3/K4 League Awards Ceremony held by the Korea Football Association at the Kyobo Life Insurance Building Convention Hall in Jongno-gu, Seoul on the 14th.
Grabbing the microphone, he started looking for coach Choi Kyung-don of the same team.
Coach Park was selected as the winner of the 2022 season K3 League Best Leadership Award in the coaching category, and Choi, who was later called, was selected as the winner of the Best Leadership Award in the coaching category.
The two leaders’ combination led Changwon City Hall to its first K3 league championship.
However, the reason Coach Park is especially grateful to Coach Choi is because there are ‘double slopes’.
From January 1 next year, Coach Park officially takes office as the first coach of the K-League 2 Cheonan Citizen Professional Soccer Team, the ‘youngest club’ in professional soccer.
Being recognized for winning a lower league team and being given the opportunity to lead a higher level team is the ideal picture for a football coach.
Coach Park met with the reporters after the awards ceremony and said, “It’s a very happy picture from my point of view.
Coach Park described coach Choi as a ‘eunin’.
In fact, he is a deep-seated soccer player who started his career as an adult stage leader in 2009 as the coach of Goyang Bridge in women’s unemployment soccer.
She led Goyang Bridge to win the WK League three times, and even served as the head coach of the women’s national team.
Following this, he served as a coach for Seongnam FC and Jeonnam Dragons, and was active as a male soccer leader for a long time.
But he also had a hiatus.
Coach Park said, “When I was on break for about two years, I met coach Choi through a friend’s introduction.”
He added, “It has become a meaningful relationship for me because it comes with good grades.”
In response, Director Choi said, “Around the year before last, I found out that Mr. Park was taking a break. So I called and
invited him to see his face and have dinner or a meal.” He said he couldn’t do it,” he laughed and said, “It became the best scenario for me to go to a better position as I produced results in two years.”
Thanks to the spirit of the two, Changwon City Hall won 17 wins, 6 draws and 7 losses (57 points) this season, which was played through 30 rounds, beating the Paju Citizen Soccer Team (15 wins, 11 draws, 4 losses, 56 points) by one point to win the championship.
As a result, he enjoyed the joy of winning the first championship in the integrated K3 League, which was launched in 2020 by merging the National League and the K3 League.
However, Coach Choi said, “I can’t just congratulate Coach Park on his future path.” Because he knows the weight of the managerial position.
Coach Choi said, “Actually, there were many things I couldn’t tell you even during this season, which had good results. I also had a crisis that I almost got fired in the middle.” It makes me sad when I think about it,” he said.
Coach Park, who started his first professional team coaching career at the ‘youngest club’, was already worried.
The Cheonan club, which belonged to the K3 League, must compete with the prominent professional clubs of the K League 2 under the ‘Park Nam-yeol system’.스포츠토토
Coach Park said, “Being the first coach is symbolic. The burden is great,” he said.
“We are in a position to take on challenges. I want the players to have a sense of challenge,” he said. “When I was the coach of the women’s team, I felt that women players play in detail. My performance will also improve.”
Even so, he laughed, saying, “I’m also excited because I’m the first manager of a team that first entered the professional league.”