Correspondent Lee Jae-sang = The sudden change of manager and the resignation of the head coach, and even the newly appointed manager gave up the baton. Many fans are concerned about whether Heungkuk Life Insurance, a women’s professional volleyball club that is experiencing internal trouble, will be able to finish the season safely.
Heungkuk Life Insurance, which was cruising with the returning superstar Kim Yeon-kyung, is suddenly at the center of controversy after the new year 2023.
On the 2nd, Heungkuk Life Insurance sacked coach Kwon Soon-chan, who led the first half with 14 wins and 4 losses (2nd place), for the unclear reason that “it does not match the direction the club wants.”
It was a decision that no one expected and could not understand.
The team was greatly shaken by the club’s sudden decision. After the game against GS Caltex on the 5th (3-2 win), even head coach Lee Young-soo, who served as acting manager, left the team.
Shin Yong-jun, the new head of Heungkuk Life Insurance, protested, saying, “There was no involvement in the appointment of players,” but the players’ opinions were different. Veteran Kim Yeon-kyung and Kim Hae-ran said, “There was an intervention in the game. The leaders knew about it, and some players were hurt by it.”
Heungkuk Life Insurance hurriedly appointed Kim Ki-joong, Seonsun Girls’ High School coach and former head coach of Heungkuk Life Insurance, as a ‘firefighter’ on the 6th, but this also failed as a result.
There was a lot of resistance within the team against coach Kim Ki-joong, who was put forward by the club’s leadership, and in the end, they couldn’t even meet each other. Someone has to protect the bench, so coach Kim Dae-kyung led the IBK Industrial Bank match (3-1 win) on the 8th as the second acting coach.
On the 10th, director Kim Ki-joong revealed the meaning of the death through Heungkuk Life Insurance. The club said, “Director Kim Ki-joong has conveyed his intention to decline the managerial position after careful consideration.”
Furthermore, the club immediately announced an apology. Heungkuk Life Insurance said, “The recent situation is a result of interest and affection for volleyball being expressed in the wrong direction of intervening in the game operation, and it is clear that it can never be tolerated and should not be repeated.” We will thoroughly block the intervention of the director and fully respect the director’s inherent authority.” 토토사이트
Acting head coach Kim Dae-kyung will lead the team for the time being, but problems remain. The club said in a press release on the 10th that it would play the season under the system of acting manager Kim Dae-kyung ‘for the time being’. It left room for another command tower to take over in the future.
First of all, a club official said, “Currently, we cannot afford to look for a new manager,” but there is room for confusion again with the appearance of another manager. It is known that the team is in a position that it is difficult to accept a command tower appointed by the club’s leadership who has lost trust, no matter who comes.
A volleyball leader criticized, “The Heungkuk Life Insurance incident completely ignores volleyball players,” and then shook his head, saying, “It’s really hard to understand why you want to shake and destroy a team that is doing well.”
Another official also expressed regret, saying, “If you watch Heungkuk Life Insurance’s administrative handling, which is worse than amateurs, a sigh comes out. The entire volleyball world was hurt by this.”
Currently, 2nd place Heungkuk Life Insurance, with 16 wins and 4 losses (47 points), is about to face off against first place Hyundai E&C (51 points) at Incheon Samsan Gymnasium on the 11th.