■ Heungkuk Life Insurance ‘total difficulty’
Kim Yeon-kyung, drifting without a captain, at the end of this season, the FA on-
site manager is a ‘veteran-centered’ operating
club, rebuilding ‘conflict’ with young players
After the launch of the V-League, frequent manager replacements point out that the
volleyball world “sees the leader easily”
Heungkuk Life Insurance, who fell into a total crisis
after the sudden hardship of the manager and general manager, cast a big shadow over the entire volleyball world. there is. Criticism is growing that the players and fans are bearing the damage of the off-court fight over the team reorganization or the performance in front of them.
As of January 2023, the hot potato in the V-League is by far Heungkuk Life Insurance in the women’s division. After coach Kwon Soon-chan’s sudden resignation on the 2nd, it is noisy every day due to the appointment of the next coach. Heungkuk Life Insurance suddenly sacked the manager who led the league in second place because it did not match the direction of the club. It was a greeting that could not be understood by common sense. Heungkuk Life Insurance has a ‘power’ that has led to frequent manager changes since the launch of the V-League in 2005. During the season, the manager was fired four times, including this season. This is why some in the volleyball world are concerned that “Heungkuk Life Insurance sees the leader too easily.”
The conflict between Heungkuk Life’s ‘upper line’ and director Kwon this time is because their goals were different. While “Ace” Kim Yeon-kyung was eligible for a free agent (FA) at the end of this season, the top line hoped for a young player to participate in order to build future power. On the other hand, coach Kwon had no reason to change the current system as he ranked second in the women’s division, centering on veterans such as Kim Yeon-kyung and Kim Hae-ran. Both sides’ arguments are valid. But timing was a problem.
On the 5th, the remarks of general manager Shin Yong-jun, who took over as the successor to general manager Kim Yeo-il, who was sacked along with coach Kwon, became controversial. It is because of the explanation that the reason for coach Kwon’s resignation was because fans pointed out his use of tactics. It is pointed out that Kim Yeon-kyung and foreign player Yelena are less destructive because they stand side by side in front.
However, Heungkuk Life Insurance is having fun with tactics that increase blocking by putting the two at the forefront. There is no controversy in that former acting manager Lee Young-soo and acting manager Kim Dae-gyeong maintain the same tactics after Kwon’s dismissal. In the match against Hyundai E&C held at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on the 11th, they lost with a set score of 2-3, but Yelena (31 points) and Kim Yeon-kyung (24 points) combined for 55 points and showed good performance.
Heungkuk Life Insurance is still experiencing difficulties in appointing a successor commander after director Kim Ki-joong’s resignation. A volleyball official said, “There will be many leaders who want the position of a professional team manager. However, he could not hide his regret, saying, “It is difficult to welcome anyone who goes to Heungkuk Life Insurance now.” Kim Yeon-kyung also said, “Isn’t it different from saying that the company prefers a director who listens well? Even if the next coach comes, I don’t know if I can trust him.” 먹튀검증
Heungkuk Life Insurance will be led by acting manager Kim for the time being. However, this cannot be a complete prescription. Acting coach Kim said, “As soon as I leave (Heungkuk Life Insurance) there are no coaching staff who can play volleyball. I am thinking of staying for the time being, even for the sake of the players.” An official from Heungkuk Life Insurance said, “We are looking for the next manager. He tries not to be in too much of a hurry so as not to repeat the same mistakes. In the meantime, I hope acting manager Kim will lead me well.”
On this day, Heungkuk Life Insurance’s home game attracted 4,509 volleyball fans, more than twice the average number of spectators (1,906) in the V-League this season. Many fans who sat in the Heungkuk Life cheering seat still cheered with purple clappers with the phrases “Happiness Volleyball” and “Fans cheer and support the players.” The players, who confirmed the unwavering support of the fans despite the controversy surrounding the appointment of the coach, expressed their gratitude by bowing toward the crowd after the loss.
The title of the most popular team in the V-League is not forever. In order for Heungkuk Life Insurance to maintain the support that other teams envy, a faster and more transparent approach is needed. The unanimous voice of the volleyball world is that we must not forget that we can lose both players and fans.