Koskinen Leaves Peimari Following Dispute
Kalle Koskinen Has Quit His Role As Manager Of Peimari United Following Dispute With Chairman
Kalle Koskinen and Peimari United have parted ways today following a mutual decision to terminate the manager's contract. The thirty-seven year old Finnish manager questioned the chairman's priorities following a string of player sales that were not authorized by the manager, but Eklund instead. Since July of last season, Antti Eklund authorized the sales of Guido Claeys (€2,000,000), Moussa Faye (€500,000), Tornike Dzadzamia (€675,000), Tyler Whitesides (€750,000), Niko Lehtinen (€775,000) and Jukka Virtanen (€275,000) without consulting his manager. Koskinen and Eklund met to discuss the situation, with the pair agreeing that there was no way forward for Koskinen at the football club. Eklund reportedly refused to pay Koskinen compensation for the expiration of his contract, but Koskinen is not expected to pursue legal action.
Kalle Koskinen took charge of the club back on 5th December 2018. Koskinen earned instant success at the football club, winning the Kakkonen league title and the Kakkonen Cup in his debut season. His second season was quite successful too, with Peimari United winning the Ykkönen league title and earning a runners-up spot in the Suomen Cup final. Season three saw Peimari United make their Veikkausliiga debut, and they finished in a respectable runners-up position as they won the Suomen Cup for the first time. Last season saw Peimari United go one better in the league, winning the Veikkausliiga title and retaining the Suomen Cup trophy. They also earned progression to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League group stage, where the Finnish side earned a very respectable third place finish.
Koskinen's departure comes mid-season, with Peimari United having already won the Suomen Cup this season and topping the league with a stunning 28 points from just ten games. Following a transfer window of major upheaval, helped by the chairman Antti Eklund selling a number of Peimari's key players, the current season has seen Peimari United score an incredible 27 goals in their opening ten games in the league. His team's heroics have seen him earn plenty of interest from clubs all around Europe, and Koskinen is now likely to secure a top job.
Kalle Koskinen managed Peimari United for a total of 183 competitive games. His record in that time was borderline ridiculous, winning 139 (75.96%) of those. Under Koskinen's stewardship, Peimari United lost just 21 of those games. The club's transformation from being a Kakkonen (third tier) side to becoming the undisputed best team in Finland, and Veikkausliiga and Suomen Cup champions, was a real testament to the good work that Kalle Koskinen did at the club.
Peimari United Under Kalle Koskinen:
Games Played: 76
Goals Scored: 164
Goals Conceded: 72
UEFA Europa League
Games Played: 14
Goals Scored: 33
Goals Conceded: 24
Games Played: 27
Goals Scored: 62
Goals Conceded: 16
Games Played: 35
Goals Scored: 95
Goals Conceded: 27
Games Played: 25
Goals Scored: 67
Goals Conceded: 22
Games Played: 6
Goals Scored: 18
Goals Conceded: 7
Games Played: 183
Goals Scored: 439
Goals Conceded: 168
UEFA Europa League: 0
Suomen Cup: 3
Kakkonen Cup: 1
Antti Eklund (Peimari United Chairman:
"Today I have to announce that Peimari United Football Club have parted ways with manager Kalle Koskinen. Kalle has been a part of this football club during a time when I have been able to oversee multiple trophy victories, and I am proud to have been able to see this club transform into the best club in Finland, and a European force. It has been a successful few years for this football club, and Koskinen has played a small role in this that we are satisfied with.
Kalle and I discussed our respective visions for this football club and it became abundantly clear that we were miles apart. He was very unhappy with me deciding to sell a number of players for good money. He believed that the club would have been able to achieve UEFA Champions League group stage football with the players at the club. I thought this was absurd. We should be grateful enough to take every good offer we receive.
It is fair to say that Kalle couldn't see things from my perspective. I am trying to run a successful business and profits have to come first. This football club would not be what it is now without money, and money will continue to make this football great. We now have to part ways with a manager who made this club toxic with his barbaric beliefs. We will not be extending him the courtesy of a thank you, or of any compensation. He doesn't believe in financial power, so he won't receive any financial gain himself."
Peimari United's Biggest Transfers Under Kalle Koskinen:
*Italics denotes sales made by the chairman, Antti Eklund
*Under-lined denotes release clause
Most Expensive Purchases
1. Bilal Hussein - €1,100,000 (17/01/23)
2. Emil Parpala - €500,000 (16/02/23)
3. Kevin Larsson - €400,000 (17/01/23)
4. Elia Caprile - €300,000 (27/01/23)
5. Aapo Mäenpää - €28,000 (28/07/22)
6. Pontus Engblom - €17,750 (27/07/22)
7. Mario Giappone - €4,500 (11/02/23)
8. Dame Boye - €3,000 (17/01/23)
=. Dominique Diémé - €3,000 (17/01/23)
=. Matheus - €3,000 (17/01/23)
Most Expensive Sales
1. Guido Claeys - €2,000,000 (24/07/22)
2. Niko Lehtinen - €775,000 (17/06/23)
3. Tyler Whitesides - €750,000 (08/02/23)
4. Tornike Dzadzamia - €675,000 (24/01/23)
5. Moussa Faye - €500,000 (31/12/22)
6. Jukka Virtanen - €275,000 (01/07/23)
7. Kevin Larsson - €165,000 (15/08/21)
8. Oliver Antman - €145,000 (14/01/22)
*All other sales were for no fee*
Peimari United's Player Stats Under Kalle Koskinen:
Eero Hyökyvirta - 136 apps
Kevin Larsson - 122 apps
Rasmus Holma - 111 apps
Sasha Popovitch - 110 apps
Jesper Santanen - 101 apps
Riku Sjöroos - 97 apps
Akseli Ollila - 95 apps
Bruno Rodrigues - 87 apps
Jukka Virtanen - 81 apps
Iiro Järvinen - 77 apps
Jesper Santanen - 49 goals
Riku Sjöroos - 41 goals
Kevin Larsson - 36 goals
Akseli Ollila - 26 goals
Sasha Popovitch - 22 goals
Silvio Tokic - 18 goals
Mats Köhlert - 17 goals
Antti Pokela - 16 goals
Pontus Engblom - 15 goals
Iiro Järvinen - 15 goals
Kalle Koskinen's Best XI
GK: Aatu Hakala - 73 appearances - 29 clean sheets - 73 goals conceded - 6.99 average rating
Aatu Hakala joined Peimari United in March 2019. He instantly became the club's first-choice goalkeeper, despite being just 18 years old at the time. He wasn't Peimari United's best goalkeeper during the Kalle Koskinen era but he kept his place as the club's first-choice goalkeeper until the signings of Tyler Whitesides and Tornike Dzadzamia. Hakala made a total of 73 appearances for the club with Koskinen as manager. While he doesn't like playing too many games for the club in the future, his contribution to Peimari United's most important era is undoubted.
DR: Bruno Rodrigues - 87 appearances - 4 goals - 25 assists - 7.23 average rating
A cult hero. Bruno Rodrigues joined the club in June 2018. He was originally a winger for the club, but Kalle Koskinen converted him to play as a complete wing back at the start of his managerial era. For the first three seasons of Koskinen's reign at Peimari United, Rodrigues was the first-choice full-back. He was known for his high-speed overlapping runs and his ability to create goals with his wicked passing ability. Rodrigues left the club last July in search of more regular football.
DCR: Mikko-Petteri Latosaari - 72 appearances - 1 goal - 2 assists - 7.04 average rating
Not the best defender that Peimari United ever had, but Latosaari was a real leader in defence. Latosaari joined Koskinen's Peimari United in January 2020 and became an important defender for the club. His imperious nature in the air made him a gladiator in defence, and he eventually became club captain. He made a high-profile error in a title clash game against HJK in the 2021 Veikkausliiga season, slipping on the ball to allow the opposition to score in a game that ultimately won the title race for HJK. Despite the error, he is remembered fondly bu Peimari United fans.
DCL: Rasmus Holma - 111 appearances - 5 goals - 2 assists - 7.14 average rating
A true Peimari United hero. He wore his heart on his sleeve whenever he played for the club. Holma joined the club in February 2019, and instantly became a key player for the club. He made 111 appearances for the club under manager Kalle Koskinen. He lost his starting spot a year-and-a-half ago when Yuri and Richard Latham joined the club, but will always be remembered fondly.
DL: Jukka Virtanen - 81 appearances - 2 goals - 26 assists - 7.21 average rating
Jukka Virtanen was a revelation of a signing for the club when he joined in January 2020. He became an almost ever-present in Peimari's defence and his ability to create goals with his surging runs forward and his incredible crossing made him a formidable player in attack.
DM: Eero Hyökyvirta - 136 appearances - 15 goals - 14 assists - 7.22 average rating
Oh captain, my captain. Eero was one of Koskinen's first signings, joining the club in January 2019. The holding midfielder immediately became an instant hit, proving to be an incredibly important player in Peimari's midfield. His tackling ability made him vital to the club's success, and he had a habit of scoring from range, especially from free-kicks.
MCR: Sasha Popovitch - 110 appearances - 22 goals - 12 assists - 7.53 average rating
Sasha Popovitch may go down as one of Peimari United's greatest ever players. The giant midfielder joined in January 2019. The playmaker became a crucial player for the club, scoring and assisting fairly regularly. His ability in the final third, starting off good attacks and linking play, made him important.
MCL: Silvio Tokic - 45 appearances - 18 goals - 8 assists - 7.24 average rating
The Croatian midfielder joined the club last May, and became a key player. He was expected to become an incredible player in the future and, despite spending such little time at the club, he was an incredible impact. He scored an incredible 18 goals as a box-to-box midfielder. He is certain to become a key player for the side, provided Peimari United's chairman doesn't sell him for nothing.
AMR: Kevin Larsson - 122 appearances - 36 goals - 50 assists - 7.31 average rating
Legend. Kevin Larsson joined the club in March 2019 and made an instant impact. He was creative in scoring and assisting from the first second at the club. Despite leaving for Sochi in August 2021, he rejoined the club on loan for the following season before rejoining the club permanently the season after. He has the potential to become a Veikkausliiga legend and is expected to become a regular for the Finnish national team in the future.
AML: Riku Sjöroos - 97 appearances - 41 goals - 12 assists - 7.22 average rating
Sjöroos will always be a player remembered fondly by Peimari United fans. Having joined the club in 2019, Sjöroos' goal-scoring exploits from the left side as an inside forward made him a hero for the club in the lower leagues, and then made him an invaluable asset in the Veikkausliiga too. He suffered a number of serious injuries which hampered his game time but he was always a threat when he was on the pitch.
ST: Jesper Santanen - 101 appearances - 49 goals - 3 assists - 7.05 average rating
Santanen joined the club as a sixteen year old and instantly became an important player. He struggled with consistency at times but scored regularly enough to make him an important player. He had a superb 2022 season, scoring 21 times throughout the year.
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