Allies and enemies alike ‘difficult’, fans ‘angry’… The aftermath of Heungkuk Life Insurance

Lee Young-soo (45), acting manager of Heungkuk Life Insurance, a women’s professional volleyball team, could not hide his embarrassment. Just three days ago, the coach he was aiding with was kicked out of the team for an unknown reason. Amidst the fire of public opinion, Lee, who took the baton instead, said, “I don’t have much to say. The coach just said ‘Cheer up’ and left before the home game against GS Caltex held at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on the 5th. “It’s the first time I’ve seen it, and I don’t know the details, so I’m not sure what to do. I’ll tell you about my future after this game is over.”

On the 2nd, Heungkuk Life Insurance announced the joint resignation of director Kwon Soon-chan and general manager Kim Yeo-il (exclusive report by this magazine). Lim Hyung-joon, owner, explained, “The direction the club wants to go and the manager’s decision do not match, so we inevitably decided to part ways with manager Kwon Soon-chan.” However, after the report, rumors spread that the club, which interfered in Kwon’s selection of players, unilaterally notified him of his dismissal. It is known that some players also strongly objected.

Acting Lee Yeong-soo said, “On the 2nd (when the manager’s resignation was announced), normal training was difficult because the atmosphere was not good. I missed training on the 3rd due to a problem, but the other players worked out as usual. On the 4th, Kim Yeon-kyung also participated in training without any problems.”

Acting Lee also said, “There was no big problem (with training) because coach Kwon and the staff have been working together since May of last year.” “Director Kwon listened to the opinions of the staff a lot. “, he reiterated.

Heungkuk Life Insurance kept second place until the third round after half of the regular season. They are three points behind first place Hyundai E&C. In the last game of the 3rd round on the 29th of last month, he defeated Hyundai Construction, which was on a winning streak, and raised morale to the fullest. In fact, Acting Lee said, “After winning the Hyundai E&C match, the players were given vacation until the 1st.” However, on the 2nd, when the players returned from the year-end and New Year holidays, unexpected news came that the coach was stepping down after 8 months.안전놀이터

Acting Lee said, “Since that happened, the team atmosphere couldn’t have been good.” I had to think about it first. In particular, the Hyundai E&C exhibition on the 11th was an important match (to win).”
Fans’ anger is still seething. Some fans distributed self-made clappers to spectators entering the stadium that day. It means “you can’t cheer with a club-made clapper.” On the front and back of the fan-made clapper were the phrases ‘Happy Volleyball’ and ‘Fans cheer and support the players’. These fans plan to continue distributing clappers until the Hyundai E&C exhibition.

GS Caltex coach Sang-Hyun Cha, who met Heungkuk Life Insurance in the first game after the manager’s dismissal, said, “The opponent must be under a lot of stress, but now is a very important time for our players who are struggling this season. The players are working hard.”