Fans’ slogan ‘Kim Sang-sik OUT’ became a reality… The reason why I pay attention to the 2nd match at home

“Kim Sang-shik, get out!”

Jeonbuk Hyundai supporters in the professional football K League 1 shout this slogan instead of cheering. It is unfamiliar and awkward to be a slogan shouted by supporters of Jeonbuk, a strong team that has won the league for five consecutive seasons since 2017. 

Jeonbuk fans claim that Kim Sang-sik (47), Jeonbuk coach, should take responsibility for the team’s sluggish performance. It is difficult to understand that they are staying in 7th place even though they have the power to aim for the championship. 

There was even a situation where coach Kim Sang-sik really had to empty the bench. Coach Kim Sang-sik received a red card and was sent off while protesting the referee’s decision in the K-League 1 2023 round 8 match against Jeju United held at Jeju World Cup Stadium on the 22nd. On this day, Jeonbuk won 2-0 and won their 3rd win (1 draw, 4 losses) of the season. Jeonbuk, which was down to 10th place, rose to 7th place. 

With coach Kim Sang-shik’s exit, Jeonbuk will play the upcoming two home games without a coach. It is a great opportunity to continue the upward trend and raise the rankings, but I took on the burden of playing the game without a command tower. The opponents are 4th place Daejeon Hana Citizen (26th) and 11th place Gangwon FC (30th). 스포츠토토

It is a series of matches against difficult opponents. Daejeon, led by coach Lee Min-seong, is considered as one of the K-League 1 team with Gwangju FC this season. Daejeon fell to Daegu FC 0-1 just before, but it is still tied for first place in the league (16 points) and is 4 places higher than Jeonbuk. It is the first confrontation in the league in eight years. Jeonbuk and Daejeon have not met in the league since September 20, 2015. In 2015, they met a total of 3 times and Jeonbuk won all of them.

Gangwon is also not a reliable opponent. Last year, they had 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in 4 head-to-head matches, but except for the draw, they all had one goal difference. Gangwon is also a team full of desperation as it is still in the lower ranks.

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