SSG Landers has denied the ‘Lee Ho-joon (47) manager speculation’ and apologized to the LG Twins.
“The news that LG Twins hitting coach Lee Ho-joon has been appointed as the next manager is not true at all,” SSG President Kim Sung-yong told Star News on Friday.
Recently, SSG has been looking for a new head coach after terminating the contract of Kim Won-hyung (51). The most important factor in selecting a new coach was how much he or she shared the club’s desire for generational change. SSG said, “We decided that we need to change and innovate, including the overall team management and player generation change. In order to renew the team and transform it into a stronger team that is more loved, change was inevitable,” said SSG.
SSG sought candidates from a variety of fields, both on the field and in the front office, and Lee was the highest-rated candidate in the field category. Lee made his debut with the Hattae Tigers in 1994 and played as a cleanup hitter for SSG’s predecessor, the SK Wyverns, from 2000 to 2012 before retiring with the NC Dinos. He underwent coaching training with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan in 2018 and began his coaching career as the NC first team hitting coach before taking over as the LG first team hitting coach last year. He is credited with helping NC win the franchise’s first Korean Series title in 2020 and LG have one of the league’s most potent offenses over the past two years.
SSG plans to narrow down the list of coaching candidates in this and other categories for further interviews. “We’ve narrowed it down to three or four candidates and haven’t interviewed them yet,” Kim said. We will take steps to see if we can interview them in the future,” said Kim.
“It’s not true that Lee Ho-joon has been hired,” Kim said. It’s true that he’s on the list of candidates, but if he’s selected for an interview, it’s supposed to be reported to the top and the next step will be taken, and that hasn’t happened yet.” He reaffirmed that the interview process will take place after the Korean Series. 캡틴토토 도메인