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sportKOREA // EXCLUSIVE: "Inside Yong Han Kyo" // Published 4th of July 2015
Yong Han Kyo has taken the South Korean sporting world by storm after releasing a statement just minute after becoming manager of Seongnam Football Club at just thirty-five. In this interview, we explore the young manager's ideals and mindset for the season to come.
Welcome Kyo. You must be revelling in all this attention.
In all honesty, no. I'm just taking it in my stride and continuing as I would normally. Just because it's my first managerial job doesn't mean that I will crumble under the pressure or that the attention will put me off. The only thing that has surprised me is wishes of good luck from managers from the West. I hadn't considered our league was watched much in Europe.
You have no experience and this worries some fans. What should they expect?
I'm not going to come out and say they have nothing to worry about. The Seongnam board took a big risk in appointing me as their manager but anything they had been trying over the past few years was not that successful. There was relative success, but not what the fans wanted. They should expect to see me finding my feet, and hopefully an attractive style of football. In three years I hope to have lifted the title.
That is a short time span for a huge task.
If I can't win the league within three seasons, then I'm obviously not suited to managing the side. The players are good enough so why can't it be possible?
Coming from a rich background, how do you think this will help your managerial career?
My upbringing has nothing to do with it, although I think I will be able to manage finances quite well due to it.
What are the ideals you'll be managing the side with?
I want to play attacking football, and I also want to try and avoid using foreign players. I know they are a part of the game and if the right player comes along I'll break my rule. But I do really want to build a squad of home-grown South Korean talent and hopefully that will benefit our national side and (also we will) see more of our players in the big European leagues.
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