Chairman Nguyễn Hữu Thắng will temporarily replace South Korean coach Chung Hae-seong to lead HCM City. – Photo laodong.vn
HÀ NỘI — It’s all change at V.League 1 HCM City team following the announcement that South Korean coach Chung Hae-seong will be replaced.
Coach Chung offered his resignation following their three nil loss to Hà Nội FC on Friday. He was offered a role as technical director, but instead expressed his wish to leave the club.
HCMC also suffered an embarrassing defeat to newly promoted Hồng Lĩnh Hà Tĩnh.
Chairman Nguyễn Hữu Thắng will take charge of the first team until a replacement coach is confirmed. He has told fans a new coach will be appointed within the next 30 days. Ailton dos Santos Silva, 53, from Brazil is expected to take up the position next month.
After Vũ Tiến Thành of Sài Gòn, Thắng became the second person in the V.League 1 to act as both president and coach of a club.
Charm of Thắng
Although club chairman, Thắng is no stranger to team affairs.
Thirteen years ago, he was appointed as the temporary coach of Sông Lam Nghệ An (SLNA). Before taking the leading role of Nghệ An team, Thắng had nearly two years as assistant for coach Nguyễn Thành Vinh and replaced Vinh to lead SLNA at the JVC Cup 2003.
In the pre-Southeast Asian Games 22 football tournament in 2003, Thắng led a junior SLNA squad to the final where they defeated Perak 2-1.
“When Thắng was playing football, he was a true man,” said commentator Vũ Quang Huy.
“The way Thắng lead SLNA at the JVC Cup 2003 was the same, because of his confidence and bravery. Bravery was the most important factor for Thắng to be successful when he replaced Vinh.
“Thắng dared to put his trust in young players like Lê Công Vinh and Phan Như Thuật and received satisfactory results."
In 2009, Thắng returned to the role of “stuntman” in coaching. The appearance of Thắng helped Hà Nội suddenly come to life, breaking through strongly to finish in the top four of the V.League 1 2009.
Huy added: "The success of Hà Nội in the national premier league proved the saying of changing leaders led to changed situations.
“At that time, Hà Nội’s achievements were bad, the morale of the players was low. The appearance of Thắng changed the face of the team. In Hà Nội, Thắng did the most important thing and revitalised the spirit of the players.”
The last appearance of Thắng on the touchline was three years ago when he led the U22 national team to the SEA Games 29.
He will return to the role when replacing coach Chung to lead HCM City. Compared to two previous times, this is more special as he is still the chairman.
“I am not surprised by the decision of HCM City,” said Huy.
“In this context, replacing the head coach is not a simple thing. HCM City need people who have enough factors to stabilise the club. Thắng is more than suitable because he is working with the team and he is high-class and a knowledgeable coach.”
“In the future, I believe Thắng will do well. For the past two years, he has not been a coach, but he still updates and acquires new football knowledge.”
HCM City currently sit in fifth place with 17 points after 11 matches. They still have the opportunity to compete in the top of the tournament this season, thereby creating an advantage when entering the play-off round.
Ailton dos Santos Silva, 53, from Brazil is expected to take up the position of head coach. He led Chiangrai United to win the Thai League 1 2019 and won the best coach of the 2019 season of Thai football.
Silva’s strong point is to use the 3-5-2 formation playing very attacking football. Coach Silva is expected to be in HCM City in mid-August and will lead the team after 14-days quarantine. — VNS