Lee Seop’s comeback was about to be complete.
The former Samsung Galaxy S4 star was a superstar on the Korean scene, but he’d fallen short of his dream of a big league comeback, and his career was in jeopardy.
Then, at the same time, Samsung made another big move.
It had hired a former professional footballer, Lee Seol-woo, to become its first ever Head Coach of a professional football team.
With Seo, Samsung was now on the verge of its biggest challenge in a generation.
The new coach brought with him a wealth of experience in coaching, and he’d already helped the Korean giants to a fourth consecutive league title.
His role on the team, which had already been a long time in the making, would be even more important, as Samsung was poised to make its first Super League title in a decade.
But Seo’s future at the helm of Samsung seemed to be in doubt, and in January 2016, he decided to walk away.
The reasons behind his departure were myriad and varied.
For one thing, he didn’t feel confident in the way his team was going.
In the end, Samsung won just one of their last two matches of the 2016-17 season, which put the club at a competitive disadvantage heading into the 2017-18 season.
Lee’s departure left a huge hole in the coaching staff, and the team itself was still struggling to come together, as the squad was often unable to gel and stay in sync.
The team’s biggest problem at the time was the captain, Choi Jeong-min.
Seo’s departure had also left the club with a new coach, Seo Jong-yeol, who was a former player of the same name.
In 2017, Seol left the team after just one season, but the fact that Seo was leaving meant that Samsung had lost a top talent in the process.
Samsung lost their two remaining Super League titles in 2017-2018.
In the meantime, Seowo had found himself in a bit of trouble, and things began to get awkward with the team.
His relationship with his new coach wasn’t great either, as he seemed to have a lot of trouble understanding the team’s plans and expectations.
Despite this, Seop was adamant that he was staying at the club, and after his initial run-in with Seo during the 2016 Super League season, he had a lot to prove.
It was only a matter of time before he would get his chance.
So when Seo signed on as Head Coach on January 21, 2017, it was as if the entire galaxy was watching.
I think you can say he’s the most important person in my life right now.
Lee Seog-wol When Seo took over the helm, the team was in a very different place.
It was a different team, a different era, and a different world.
His first task was to restore a feeling of unity, as everyone had lost their way.
During the first month of the new coach’s tenure, the Galaxy’s performances began to dip.
As the team lost their nerve on numerous occasions, the coach also had to adjust to the fact he had only been the head coach for just under two months.
Although the Galaxy were still playing at a very high level, they weren’t doing so well.
The players were losing their minds and the coaching was failing to adapt to them.
There were some positives, however.
Firstly, the players were starting to get more used to Seo.
And Seo himself was becoming more comfortable with the new regime.
Second, it showed that Lee Seowol was in fact in charge.
After a long period of time in coaching a team, Lee would suddenly become the new boss, and it was an instant win.
Lee Seol was not only a great coach, but a great person.
He was also a brilliant strategist.
It seemed as though he had found the right coach for Samsung.
On top of all of this, Samsung’s fortunes started to take a major turn for the better.
After the Galaxy had lost five of their next six matches, the club began to find their form again.
Samsung were finally scoring goals, they were getting stronger, and they were starting the run of games where they’d have been able to win.
The only question was whether or not Samsung could stay in the race and win the championship.
If Seo could keep the Galaxy competitive and win their final game, they would be in the finals.
If the Galaxy could not win, it would be time for the coaching changes to start to come into play.
However, things didn’t turn out that way.
The Galaxy won just two of their final six games, and Samsung lost seven of their remaining eight.
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