Jeonbuk Hyundai is falling into a quagmire.
Jeonbuk recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses in 5 matches from the 1st to 5th rounds of the K-League, only gaining 4 points and staying in 8th place. The bigger problem is that the gap with Ulsan Hyundai, who will compete for the championship, is rapidly widening rather than the immediate ranking. Ulsan has won 5 consecutive wins since the opening and has swept 15 points and is in first place. Only 5 games have been played, and the difference between the two teams is 11 points. A question mark is already attached to whether the chase is possible. It’s off to a worse start than ever.
What is more negative than the result is the content of the game. Jeonbuk is not recovering its powerful performance like in the second half of last year. Even if they do well in the first half, their performance often drops sharply in the second half, and when a crisis hits during the game, the pattern of not being able to reverse the situation is repeating. In 5 matches, he scored only 5 goals and conceded 7 goals. It is a total impasse throughout the airborne.
It is true that there are many injuries, but it is difficult to see it as a huge bad news for a squad like Jeonbuk. Even if it is not an injury, Jeonbuk is a team that can rotate.
It’s still early in the season, so there’s plenty of room for improvement, but the atmosphere right now is definitely not serious. It’s because it’s messy inside the game as well as outside.
Above all, the biggest risk is that the emotional gap between the coach and the fans in charge of the team is deepening. Recently, manager Kim Sang-sik faced fierce resistance from Jeonbuk fans. Throughout the match against the Pohang Steelers in the 5th round on the 1st, Jeonbuk supporters together with manager Kim shouted slogans demanding the resignation of CEO Heo Byung-gil. After the game, he protested vehemently by blocking the bus to work. There was also an unprecedented situation in which a fan asking for responsibility from the command tower and manager Kim confronted each other for about two hours and engaged in a war of nerves.
Recently, many K-League officials are feeling a sense of problem with the way some fans express their opinions. It is understandable that the fans are protesting, but they are also concerned that it is going in a too radical direction. In fact, there are cases where comments that exceed the standard level or severe profanity are rampant, hurting each other’s feelings. The reality is that the conclusion is a one-sided intensive saturation under the packaging of ‘communication’. Gangwon coach Choi Yong-soo also said, “We need criticism in an appropriate line rather than excessive criticism. Even if you criticize, please adjust the level appropriately.” 안전놀이터
However, apart from right and wrong, it is necessary to look back on whether the fans directly protested to this extent. This is especially true when looking at the current situation in Jeonbuk. Jeonbuk did not win the K-League 1 last year. Rather than simply missing the championship, fans complained about not being able to show the hot and cool performance of the past. Still, there were not a few fans who believed in and supported Kim, but as he showed a frustrated appearance even in the new season that started with a drastically strengthened power, even the justification for cheering for him seems to have disappeared.