Suwon Samsung Bluewings coach Park Kun-ha resigns after winless slide

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SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) — Struggling South Korean soccer club Suwon Samsung Bluewings announced on Friday that head coach Park Kun-ha has quit amid a seven-game losing streak.

The K League 1 club says Park, an icon for the Suwon club in the 1990s and early 2000s, offered to resign to hold himself accountable for the recent downfall and management agreed this decision.

Park had been coaching Suwon since September 2020. He had spent his entire 11-year playing career with Suwon and, after retiring in 2006, served as an assistant coach and youth club manager for Suwon for four years.

After coaching in China, Park took charge of Suwon at the end of the 2020 season and rescued the club from the relegation zone. In 2021, Suwon finished in sixth place.

But nine matches into 2022, Suwon is back in the relegation zone, sitting second-to-last in 11th place with seven points from a win, four draws and four losses. They are tied for the fewest goals in K League 1 with seven.

Former Daegu FC head coach Lee Byung-geun will soon be officially announced as Park’s successor. Lee was Park’s teammate at Suwon from 1996 to 2006. Lee was Suwon’s top assistant in 2013 and acting boss for a month in 2018.

Lee held the same goalkeeper position for Daegu FC in 2020 before being promoted to full-time status in 2021. Daegu finished third best club in 2021 and were FA Cup runners-up. Despite these achievements, Daegu FC parted ways with Lee in December and the 48-year-old will return to his old turf.

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