Hanwha was shocked after winning 4-0 against Samsung at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 11th.
Hanwha Eagles coach Subero,메이저놀이터 who was in the ‘3rd year of rebuilding’, was sacked after the game. After the game, Hanwha CEO Park Chan-hyeok and general manager Sohn Hyuk headed to the supervisor’s office and informed Subero of the decision to terminate the contract.
Coach Subero said goodbye to the players and the clubhouse. Then he went back to the director’s office and talked to the coaching staff.
The expressions of the players who were preparing for the start of the Incheon Expedition also darkened. General Manager Hyuk Sohn summoned senior players separately and explained the contract termination of coach Subero.
Some players and coaches prepared for the away trip with tears in their eyes, and moved while wearing masks and hats.
At 10:40 p.m., the bus with the players and coaching staff left Hanwha Eagles Park for an away game against SSG. Only coach Subero, foreign coaches and a handful of people remained in the clubhouse.
At around 11:05 p.m. Coach Kennedy, along with interpreters, said their final goodbyes and left the field. On one side of the clubhouse, stadium management staff were busy cleaning and tidying up, but only silence lingered in the director’s office.
At 11:37 p.m., coach Subero, wearing jeans, a T-shirt, and a Hanwha hat, left the clubhouse with an interpreter. Coach Subero, who left the clubhouse, had a calm expression, but he smiled as he said his final goodbyes to the stadium managers.
Then, in front of the waiting car, he raised his thumb and said “thank you” with a smile and said his final goodbyes to Hanwha Eagles Park.
▲ In front of the Hanwha players board, coach Subero is leaving work for the last time.
▲ Coach Subero is leaving Hanwha Life Eagles Park.
▲Director Subero giving thumbs up to the reporters in front of the car.
Director Subero, who was appointed as the 12th command tower of Hanwha in November 2022, recorded 106 wins, 198 losses and 15 draws in 319 games over three years, and in 2023, he finished 9th with 11 wins, 19 losses and 1 draw.
Meanwhile, Futures coach Choi Won-ho, who was appointed as the 13th coach following Subero, debuted in the KBO League at Hyundai Unicorns in 1996 and retired from active duty in 2009 after working for LG Twins. Since then, he has accumulated extensive experience such as LG pitching coach, commentator, and technical committee member of the national team.
The terms of his contract are 3 years and a total of 1.4 billion won (down payment of 200 million won, annual salary of 300 million won, and option of 300 million won).
On the 11th, Hanwha said, “Choi Won-ho will lead the team from the Incheon SSG Landers game on the 12th, and the position of Futures manager Choi Won-ho vacated will be taken by Kim Seong-gap, the general manager of the remaining army. After taking office, he led the first team as an acting manager in June 2020 and returned to the Futures command tower in 2021. The 2022 Northern League victory recorded by reorganizing the Futures training system and the record of 14 consecutive wins in the Futures League are considered as achievements so far. “he said.