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Park determined to make FC Seoul challengers again

Guri: It’s been less than a month since Park Jin-sub took the reins as head coach at FC Seoul, but the former Korea Republic international is confident that his side can shine in the upcoming K League season.

FC Seoul have competed in the highest division of Korean football since 1984, but their last trophy lift was back in 2016 as they have had to see Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Ulsan Hyundai FC winning honours.

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FC Seoul finished ninth in the 2020 K League with eight wins, five draws and 14 losses but Park believes he can steer the club towards challenging for honours.

“I think that is where we’re supposed to be,” said Park. “We have some veterans and promising young players. It’s important to create harmony between these two groups.”

FC Seoul underwent managerial changes in 2020 after their disappointing campaign in the K League and the AFC Champions League, where they crashed out in the group stage.

Park, who signed a three-year contract, said is aiming to bring a sense of stability to the club even as he looks to challenge the likes of Jeonbuk and Ulsan.

“It’s going to be difficult at first, but I think we should eventually form rivalries with Ulsan and Jeonbuk.

“I’d like our team to have a good balance between offence and defence (so as) to play with a strong structure. I want to hear other teams say we’re tough to play against.

“Last year is in the past, and we want to give our supporters something to cheer about."

Prior to joining FC Seoul, Park managed Gwangju FC for three years and led them to the K League 2 title in 2019 and promotion to the top division where they finished sixth.

“My job is to develop young players so that they’ll be leaders of Korean football in the future.

“We have some strong personalities in this club, but I am not too worried about how they can all come together. Everyone here is working towards a common goal.

Photos: FC Seoul, K League

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