Gwangju FC’s Lee Jung-hyo and Gimpo FC’s Choi Jung-woon have been two of the biggest surprises in the K League 1 and 2 this season.
Gwangju FC and Gimpo FC have surprised the K League this season. Both teams overcame the limitations of being civic clubs to finish the regular season in third place in both the K League 1 and 2.
Last year, Gimpo showed promise by defying expectations of being the underdogs and finishing eighth out of 11 teams, and this season they finished third, earning a spot in the K League 2 playoffs.
In the playoffs, Gimpo defeated Gyeongnam 2-1 to advance to the promotion playoffs (PO). If they can defeat 10th-ranked Gangwon FC in the K League 1, they will be in the top flight next season.
After the miraculous promotion playoff run, coach Choi Jung-woon won the K League 2 Coach of the Year award at the 2023 Hana OneQ K League Grand Awards held at Lotte Hotel World in Songpa-gu, Seoul on Thursday.레모나토토 주소
He received three out of 13 votes for coach and three out of 13 votes for captain. In particular, he received 42 of the 101 media votes, giving him a converted score of 30.48, beating out Busan I-Park coach Park Jin-seop, who received 25.66.
This is the first time that the manager of the third-ranked team in the K League Two has received the award.
On the other hand, Lee Jung-hyo, who led promoted K League 1 side Gwangju to a third-place finish in the regular season and a spot in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League Elite (ACLE) Playoffs (PO) this season, was narrowly beaten out by K League 1 champions Hong Myung-bo.
Gwangju, a relegation contender, made a remarkable turnaround this season, reaching the top flight and becoming the first club to qualify for the Asian stage.
The media gave Lee high marks for his achievements this season. Lee took 59 of the 115 media votes, more than half of the total. Despite the overwhelming support from the media, he unfortunately lost out to Hong Myung-bo, who received 25.52 points and 45.02 points on the conversion scale.
While the media may have voted for Lee, his fellow managers felt differently.
A whopping nine of the 12 K League club managers voted for Hong Myung-bo. Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong was the only one to vote for Lee.
His fellow managers were more appreciative of Hong’s achievements in winning back-to-back K League 1 titles than Gwangju’s surge.