Written by Youngsub Lee
Football Tribe Korea
Former Jeonnam Dragons coach, Kim Nam-il has put pen to paper as the new manager of Seongnam FC on Tuesday.
Once called the ‘vacuum cleaner’ during his playing time, Kim played a crucial role in the Republic of Korea’s unbelievable performance in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Having capped 98 games for the Korean national team, the 42-year-old manager has participated in three World Cups from 2002 to 2010.
Upon his retirement, the former-midfielder joined the Chinese Super League side, Jiangsu Suning F.C. to take the first step into his coaching career. As a former international with vast experiences, he was also called up to the Korean national team ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
This would be the first time the ex-Jeonnam Dragons coach will be appointed as the manager in his career.
On meeting the media, he shared “I know fans are disappointed by the replacement of the previous manager. I am also aware of the huge pressure for this role but I will do my best to bring the best result with responsibility.
“Please do give huge support for the players who must have gone through hard times. I will also do my best to gain your support.”
In the meantime, Seongnam FC will travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand on 4th January for their first pre-season training.