‘We need a veteran.’
Cheonan City FC, the new face of K-League 2, announced earlier this month that it had appointed Kim Chang-soo (37) as its playing coach.
A ‘veteran’ was desperately needed. Cheonan was involved in K3 until just before that. With an average player age of 24, they needed a player who could take center stage, and recruited Kim Chang-soo. They are expecting Kim Chang-soo to play the role of a veteran that players can rely on and instill a ‘professional’.
Kim Chang-soo’s face, which we met in Chonburi, Thailand, was both awkward and thrilled at the same time. He said, “I knew what role I was supposed to play, but he never had the experience. He asked his older brothers a lot and listened to their advice before coming as a playing coach.”
He is both a player and a coach. Rather, he has more work to do. He comes out before training, sets up the training ground, and even organizes it after training. He also gives advice based on experience to see if the players properly understand the manager’s story. 먹튀검증
Kim Chang-soo said, “I give advice little by little about my experiences behind the stories the coaches and coaches told me. People around me said that this role could be difficult. My role is neither a complete coach nor a player. You shouldn’t lean towards either side. We have to balance and act as a bridge on both sides.”
Park Nam-yeol, the first coach of Cheonan, said, “It is good to be able to communicate directly with the players. Changsu is doing well, and I am requesting and requesting that as well.”
A look back at his illustrious career. Coach Kim made his professional debut in 2004 at Ulsan Hyundai. After that, he went through Daejeon, Busan, Kashiwa Raysol (Japan), Jeonbuk, and Gwangju. In the 2012 London Olympics, he was selected as a wild card and contributed to the harvest of bronze medals. Last season, Incheon recorded a record of 300 K-League matches.
Now, in his 19th year as a professional, he was slowly letting go of his playing status. Kim Chang-soo said, “It is a step that comes down slowly. Since he was in Incheon, he has been organizing his mind little by little. He looked back, saying, “It was a bit difficult last year by my standards, but the damage would be great if it came down ‘suddenly’.”
Step by step as his leader, he hopes his juniors will move in the right direction. Kim Chang-soo, who emphasized the ‘basic’, said, “Pro is a place where you can survive if you do well. It is important to have a steady self-level, not up-down.”