|Trương Đình Luật (right) and Âu Văn Hoàn. — Photo bongda365.com|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — V.League 1 side HCM City Football Club are likely to face many challenges in the upcoming 2019 season as several key players and experts have left the team.
Two former national footballers, Trương Đình Luật and Âu Văn Hoàn, have said goodbye to the team after two years. Club leadership asked both footballers to renew their contracts, but they failed to agree on salaries and elected to leave.
Fitness trainer Martin Forkel from Germany, who worked for the Vietnam national team in 2016 and 2017, also said farewell to the team after failing to agree on a new contract.
The team sacked coach Toshiya Miura after 12 months under his guidance. Miura was the former Việt Nam national team coach. The Japanese coach managed both the senior and U23 national team squads from 2014 to 2016. However, with Miura as head coach, HCM City placed just 12th out of 14 teams with 27 points from 26 rounds.
Former captain of the Việt Nam national team Lê Công Vinh, widely considered one of the best players in Southeast Asia and part of Việt Nam’s team from 2004 to 2016, resigned as acting chairman of HCM City Football Club and said the club was not working towards the goals he had agreed on. — VNS