Jeju United, which has fallen into an extreme slump with one win, five draws, and 10 losses in its last 16 matches, has parted ways with head coach Nam Ki-il.
According to soccer sources, Nam left the Jeju club on May 25. Nam reportedly tendered his resignation, which was eventually accepted by the club. For the time being, head coach Chung Jo-guk will reportedly take over as acting head coach.
Jeju had been struggling this season since the summer, and their hopes of advancing to the Final A (Round of 6) were dashed early. Up until the 15th round, they were in third place with eight wins, three draws and four losses, no points behind second-place Seoul, but they started to slide in June, ending with a win over Suwon Samsung on May 27. 스포츠토토
A 3-0 home win over Suwon FC on Aug. 12 was their only victory in their last 16 matches. After a 0-1 loss at home to Daegu on Aug. 26, Nam made a concerted effort to turn the team around, asking supporters to encourage his players, but it didn’t make a difference.
A 1-3 home loss to Seoul on Nov. 23 put Nam’s job on the line.
Jeju currently has 35 points, two points behind 10th-place Suwon FC (29 points) with seven games remaining. If they don’t rebound in their remaining seven games, they could slip to 10th place, which would put them in the relegation playoffs.