Kim Ki-dong (51), who led the Pohang Steelers to a second-place finish in K League 1 and the Korean Football Association (FA) Cup in the 2023 season, is in talks to take over as the head coach of FC Seoul, and his future is in the spotlight.”We are negotiating a contract with Kim Ki-dong as a candidate for the next manager,” a Seoul club official said on Nov. 11.Kim Ki-dong is a coach who has made a name for himself as a “mastermind” of the K League with his achievements at Pohang, where he began his professional career.
In 2019, his first year in charge, he led Pohang to a fourth-place finish in the K-League, and the following year they finished third. In 2021, Pohang finished ninth in the league but were runners-up in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League, and finished third in the K-League last year and second this year. They have remained in the top half of the table for most of Kim’s tenure, including winning the FA Cup this year.
Kim, who has been dubbed “maneuvering magic” for his ability to get results despite his limited means, was named K League 1 Coach of the Year in the 2020 season, a rare honor for a manager of a third-place team.Prior to taking charge of Pohang, Kim served as the national U-23 team coach from 2013-2016 and Pohang’s head coach from 2016-2019, and played for Yugong (now Jeju United) and Pohang.Seoul, which played the remainder of the season under acting coach Kim Jin-gyu after the resignation of former head coach Ahn Ik-soo in 온라인카지노 August, has been searching for a new coach to oversee its rebound.