Coach Tae-ha Park (53), who was appointed as the new head coach of the Pohang Steelers, expressed his affection for Pohang
where he started as a player, coach, and is now the head coach. The burden of his grades and his concerns about himself were not a big problem. 안전놀이터
On the 15th, the Pohang club announced, “We appointed coach Tae-ha Park as the 13th head coach and signed a two-year contract.”
Coach Park Tae-ha is the first ‘one-club man’ in the history of Pohang Club. He became a former head coach.
Coach Tae-ha Park, who debuted as a professional player in Pohang in 1991, played only in Pohang until 2001 and retired.
Coach Tae-ha Park recorded 46 goals and 37 assists in 261 K-League games over 9 seasons, excluding military service.
Coach Tae-ha Park began his career as a coach at Pohang in 2005 after retiring as a player. In 2007, as a coach, he led Pohang to the K-League championship with coach Sergio Farias (Brazil).
Coach Park Tae-ha, who returned as the head of Pohang after 16 years, said in a phone call with News 1, “I started my career as a player in Pohang, and coming back is an honor and has a special meaning.
He said, “I feel like I have to do better as the team I am in charge of is Pohang,” and added, “Because my relationship with Pohang is different
I have great affection for the team, and that puts a lot of weight on my shoulders.”
After resigning from his position as coach of Pohang, coach Tae-ha Park served as the national team coach
head coach, and head coach of FC Seoul before moving to China and leading Yanbian to the top league (second division) championship and promotion.
From 2021, he has served as technical chairman of the Korea Professional Football League. While coach Tae-ha Park served as the technical chairman
he was offered the position of coach by some clubs, but he declined.
Director Park Tae-ha said, “Going to Pohang is like an inevitable fate.
When I was serving as chairman of the technical committee, I did not accept offers from some clubs because I had personal plans,” he said.
After I quit as chairman of the technical committee, I was offered a managerial position in Pohang and I had no choice but to accept.
He showed his affection for his former team, saying, “I was so attracted to him that I couldn’t refuse.”
However, there are many concerned people around. Coach Park Tae-ha’s predecessor, coach Kim Ki-dong
took charge of Pohang, a team that was not well-off, and won the FA Cup this year, finished second in the K-League 1, and advanced to the round of 16 of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League. Even in the previous season
Pohang was a team that attracted attention in the league, reaching the AFC Champions League finals under the guidance of coach Kim Ki-dong.
Director Park Tae-ha said, “It would be a lie if I said there was no pressure. No matter which team you are in charge of, (the manager) is bound to feel burdened. “It is important how you think about this,” he said, and pledged, “I will think positively and get through it well because I have a stronger sense of responsibility and affection for Pohang than anyone else.”
In addition, one of the reasons for concern is that coach Tae-ha Park has no experience as a coach in the K-League and has been unemployed for a long time after stepping down from the Yanbian baton in 2018.
Coach Park said, “Over the past three years, I have contacted many people on the field and watched the game. “Even while watching the game from outside, I was not separated from the field, thinking, ‘What would I do if I were the coach?’” he said. “I understand the concerns about being separated from the field, but I have been a soccer coach for more than 15 years.” . He expressed confidence, saying, “I don’t think it will be a big problem.”
He continued, “In soccer, the team style must be determined based on the player composition and individual abilities. “There will be no major changes in Pohang in 2024 because former coach Kim Ki-dong’s tactics and results were good,” he said, adding, “All players will do their best to play dynamic soccer where everyone moves together.”
While some players are expected to transfer, coach Park Tae-ha plans to get a lot of help from team veterans such as Kim Seung-dae and Shin Gwang-hoon.
Coach Park said, “If I were to be with the team in 2023, I would think about positions that are lacking and pursue recruitment. But that is not the case. “We will get good results by utilizing the current players as much as possible while receiving help from veterans,” he said. “Fans’ expectations are very high.” “It must be at least in Final A,” he said, revealing his plan for 2024.
Pohang, under coach Tae-ha Park, plans to convene the players on January 3 next year and begin full-scale preparations for the 2024 season.