‘Fist Gugu’ operated by professional soccer team Gyeongnam FC… high-intensity innovation

Gyeongsangnam-do announced a high-intensity innovation plan, even mentioning the dissolution of the professional soccer team, Gyeongnam FC.

This is because operating expenses of close to 10 billion won a year are being invested in taxes, and we decided to request an investigation into two employees who were caught using official vehicles or travel expenses at will.

This is reporter Son Won-hyeok.


Gyeongnam FC, a professional football club owned by the governor of Gyeongsangnam-do.

Gyeongsangnam-do has announced that it will consider disbanding the club if it cannot be promoted to the first division by 2025.

We are also considering moving to the third division, which is an unemployment league instead of a professional league.

[Soundbite] Cha Seok-ho(Chief of Culture, Tourism and Sports Bureau, Gyeongsangnam-do Province) : “Is it the most desirable thing to continue investing huge amounts of money to run a club that is being ignored by the citizens?”]

Financial independence is also promoted.

Last year, the club’s operating expenses were 12.9 billion won, of which 74%, or 9.6 billion won, was invested in subsidies from Gyeongsangnam-do, and it plans to increase corporate sponsorship to lower the subsidy rate to 50% by 2026.

In addition, the management is completely replaced, such as selecting a new owner to replace the Gyeongnam branch.

It was decided to reinforce one accounting expert for the audit of the club’s board of directors and reorganize the secretariat into an expert-centered general manager system.

The results of the Gyeongsangnam-do subsidy audit paid to the club were also released.

It was also confirmed that 13 million won of travel expenses were improperly paid to 23 employees, and that 48 million won was wasted due to incorrect overseas training contracts.

In addition, a total of 9 cases were caught, including the private use of public vehicles and the payment of opaque overtime pay.

The Gyeongsangnam-do audit committee decided to recover the improperly executed amount of 550 million won and to request an investigation into two employees.

[Soundbite] Bae Jong-gwol(Chief of Audit Committee, Gyeongsangnam-do Province) : “There are two investigation requests. Travel expenses for business trips were improperly paid, and then public vehicles were privately used.”


[Soundbite] Shin Jeong-soo(Director General of Gyeongnam FC) : “As a provincial club, we plan to make new changes to what has been lacking so far and find a new way for FC to move forward with a new board of directors.

” In addition to poor performance, which has been in the fourth year of relegation to the second division, poor management is also revealed, and even the crisis of existence is being reviewed.

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