Lim Jong-heon (56), manager of the Ansan Greeners, repeatedly expressed regret over the transfer of Asnawi (Jeonnam Dragons).
Coach Lim Jong-heon said at the 2023 K-League Winter Field Training Media Day held at the Kal Hotel in Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do on the 6th, “Asnawi played a big role last year. He was also an influential player. sorry to send I think it was an inevitable choice given the circumstances of the club. Before the press conference, I talked to Asnawi for a while on the phone with my agent, but it was even more regrettable when he said he liked me. I am very sorry,” he said.
Ansan struggled at the beginning of last season. He won his first win of the season in May, three months after the opening. Ansan, which was at the bottom, managed to bounce back at the end of the season and finished the season in ninth place. This year, Ansan’s goal is to break off a good start and leap forward.
Coach Lim Jong-heon said, “I met with the players and talked in a natural atmosphere. Some players promised to ‘go to the playoffs’. The players are also strong-willed. We set the goal of making the playoffs and have prepared so far. Even if it is difficult to win, I am preparing for the playoffs as a goal.”
The following is a Q&A with director Lim Jong-heon.
– Commitment this season.
He started coaching Ansan Greeners in the second half of last year, but at that time, he had a hectic time. He has been training in Jeju Island for over a month with players recruited from winter training this year. He is still in the stage of getting to know him, and after a little more time, he will become a complete body. It feels boring, but I am having a good time with the coaching staff, training hard, and working hard so that Ansan Greeners can take a leap forward this year.
-Recruited Lee Geun-ho and Kim Bum-soo. What do you want from both of them?
I did my best to recruit this year, so I brought in players with experience in the first division. Players like Lee Keun-ho and Kim Bum-soo are playing a vital role. Keun-ho is not 100% working as the team’s vice-captain, but he is leading the way and working hard. Kim Bum-soo is an active player, so I think he will be a very tough player for the opposing team.
– Key players such as Choi Geon-joo and Lee Sang-min left, what is the alternative method?
It is regrettable that the players who played the role of the Ansan Greeners ace left. Choi Geon-joo, who is suitable for those players, is a player with speed and potential, but it was fully complemented by players like Kim Bum-soo. Lee Sang-min played the role of captain, but I think such players came in this year as well. New players came in, but I think it’s my job to replace them with them and make them more than they are this year. It seems that it will continue to be like that. Because it is a team that is not financially rich, it is our club that we have to send it to a good team and create various things. There are plenty of good new players as well.
-Last season, when you used a three-back at the end, the results were good, but what are your plans for this season?
Tactics should be tailored to the player composition. It is regrettable that this year, probably, there was not much reinforcement on the defense side due to the composition of the players. I think foreign player Lee Geun-ho will play a supporting role as a striker this year as well. I think I will use a stable three-back using fast speed from the side. It will force both sidebacks into an aggressive form.
-I think it would be regrettable that Asunawi left, but what is the alternative plan?
Asnawi played a lot of roles last year. He was a player with great influence externally. It’s a pity he sent it. I think it was an inevitable choice given the circumstances of the club. As a substitute, he paid a lot of attention to that side and recruited two people. I don’t think there’s a big problem, but it’s a pity that Duarte and Asnawi went out. Before the interview, I talked to Asnawi’s agent on the phone for a while, but it was even more regrettable when he said he liked me. I am very sorry.
– Who are the players to keep an eye on ahead of the new season?
Leaders always have to meet good players. Some are looking forward to it. Although they are in the K League 2, I think there are a few players who will go up to the K League 1 or higher. I feel sorry for a player like Lee Keun-ho who is big compared to his skills. It is a rare style even among Korean players. I want to nurture and make him a better player than he is now. There are some players who have passed through the national team by age group, but my biggest wish is to send them to the adult national team instead of ending there.
-There is a title called Wolf Soccer in Ansan. Is there a title you want to win?
What I have to do is create a team that matches the style of the players. I try to give a lot of autonomy in composition. I try to show off my skills as much as possible. I believe that he will perform well tactically to suit his opponent. The players are out on the field and doing their best. I want to play football that the fans can understand.
-You said that Lee Geun-ho has a rare style among Korean players.
He is physically fit and his ball management is natural and smooth. He thinks he excels in that part among Korean striker resources. He moves very well in off-the-ball situations. He has to watch as he can’t play much due to cruciate ligament surgery, but he is looking good as he is soft and relaxed.
– The number of K League 2 teams has increased. I’m facing a new team.
I think the new team should definitely catch up. If I keep losing, I don’t think I can get good grades. None of the existing teams have beaten Anyang. If we beat Anyang, I think we will be in a higher position. There are several teams, but the new club must win unconditionally. I thought a lot about wanting to beat Anyang. I thought that Anyang had a sense of weight and was difficult, but if I beat Anyang this year, I think I will go to a higher place. 슬롯사이트
-Chungnam Asan, with similar power, is close to the playoffs. Are you looking forward to making the playoffs?
I interviewed the players and talked in a natural atmosphere. Some players promised to ‘go to the playoffs’. The players are also strong-willed. We set the goal of making the playoffs and have prepared so far. Even if it is difficult to win, we are preparing for the playoffs as our goal.
-You went through difficulties at the beginning of last year, but can we expect a different Ansan this season?
Some players joined late and foreign players also joined late. Lee Geun-ho is also between 7 and 80 percent. I think it’s best to win 1 quickly in the beginning. This year, I will pay attention from the beginning so as not to follow the same train as last year. I think if we win quickly and get the first win, good results will come out.
-How will you use Junsu Yoo?
He was with Ulsan Hyundai. I think he’ll be a mood maker, so he’ll probably be on the defensive side. He will lead the whole. He’s been doing well in the role so far.