Lee Woo-hyeong (57), FC Anyang coach, threw a confident vote ahead of the opening of the 2023 season.안전놀이터
Anyang slipped last year just before promotion. In the promotion playoff (PO), they fought a bloody battle with Suwon Samsung until an overtime game, but they could not last one minute. Just before the end of the game, Oh Hyun-gyu gave up a run and collapsed.
Anyang signed a new contract with coach Lee Woo-hyung, who has consistently performed well over the past two years. But the key players couldn’t catch it. Gatekeeper Jeong Min-gi, Baek Seong-dong, Kim Gyeong-joong, and Akosti all left the team. Ahn Yong-woo, Lee Tae-hee, Koo Dae-young, Jo Seong-jun, and Kim Jung-min were recruited as free agents, but concerns are inevitable.
Nevertheless, director Lee Woo-hyung was full of confidence. On the morning of the 17th, we met at the 8th media camp of the 2023 season K-League winter field training held at the Namhae General Social Welfare Center in Gyeongnam, and he said, “The players are doing better than I thought. Both the tactical and mental parts are well organized. There’s still a little bit left, but personally, I hope it comes sooner. I’m so excited and looking forward to it. The satisfaction with the field training is very high.”
The following is a Q&A with director Lee Woo-hyung.
Q. There are several key players who left the team.
A lot of wing forward players have transferred. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried as a director. However, there are players such as Seong-Jun Cho and Yong-Woo Ahn, as well as new foreign players. do not rate negatively Expectations are high as new types of players have entered. Organization training and tactical training are also doing well. Rather, it can show a more destructive appearance in terms of attack. It won’t be a problem at all.
Q. You failed to get promoted last season by a narrow margin.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t go up last year. I wonder if such pain will rather develop the minds and attitudes of the Anyang players this season. The bitter experience will develop a desperate heart. Anyang will be an opportunity to develop one step further.
Q. Let’s predict the K-League 2 game.
I also saw a story called ‘Rang 1 12 Middle’. Personally, I expect about 7 teams to fight for the playoffs. Like me, everyone sees Kimcheon the most strongly. Gimcheon is said to be the first, but personally, I want Anyang to sneak in and create a two-team system.
Q. Are you excited to see what the players look like?
The enthusiasm shown by the players on the field is overflowing. enough to dry me The director can’t keep up. I want to see that passion quickly appear on the pitch. We still lack a manager, but I think that kind of image will definitely appear on the pitch. It will be possible to create a two-power system, not a one-power system. The morale of the players is also high. It will help you achieve your goals this season.
Q. What improved from last season?
I added details to the tactics I used last year to improve the level of completion. Players are quick to understand. It shows well through practice matches. I want to quickly show it to the fans at the stadium.
Q. There are many fans who are anxious.
Whenever there are players going out, there will always be players coming in. I’m sorry too, but I have to quickly forget the regrettable part and put my hopes on the new players. I really wanted to catch Jung Min-ki, Kim Kyung-joong, and Akosti. But in professional sports, when you let go, you have to let go. I believe that the new players will do better than expected. I hope the fans will quickly forget what they have to forget and pay attention to how the new players create synergies to win. We ask for your continued support. Perhaps when the season begins, there will be players who will make some players forget their nostalgia. You can look forward to it.
Q. Who are the players to keep an eye on?
many. It’s hard to pick a specific player, but the skills of rookie players have improved a lot. I think the existing senior players should be a little nervous. In particular, Park Jae-yong, a second-year player, is giving me a hard time. Jonathan was the first starter for the striker position, but now he has developed so much that it is difficult to decide who to use as the first starter. If the playing time is guaranteed to some extent this year, he is a player who can score 10 attack points.
Q. My opponent for the opening match, Minister Lee and Jeonnam coach, said that he was 90% ready.
I haven’t filled 10% yet, so I’ll win by targeting the lacking 10%. As far as I remember, I don’t remember losing against Jeonnam over the past two years. I don’t know how coach Lee said that, but we’re not a team that can be defeated so easily. It’s our first game, but we’ll break expectations and go to Gwangyang and prepare to win coolly. I want to win everything, but soccer is not going well. Anyang has been relatively good for the past two years, but it was not created overnight.
Q. Compared to the past two years, investment has decreased. I think it’s going to be an important year.
There were investments for two years, and there were relatively good results. I heard that Anyang is a strong team thanks to the hard work of the club and players. As a manager, it is a little disappointing in terms of recruiting players. A team needs steady continuity to get promoted. Only then can you achieve your goal. From the outside, they seem to think that this year’s investment is disappointing, but I don’t think there’s any problem at all.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Anyang. Personally, I feel regret and responsibility for not being promoted for 10 years. Although there are regrets about recruiting players, I am confident that this year, we are a team that can overcome difficulties and be promoted no matter what. Personally, I think this will be my last year. I think it will be a season to heal the past pain of fans after being promoted.
Q. What do you need to improve during the remaining period?
The players are doing well now. However, what is a little disappointing is that there are no foreign players who push forward more recklessly. If you reinforce that position, you will be able to have a good fight with Kim Cheon. It is true that there is a shortage of more devastating wing forwards. We are trying to recruit foreign players. If there is only one player of that type, he will be able to achieve his goal of promotion.