Keo Sokngon’s reflection on his managerial role in the first season at Phnom Penh Crown

November 20, 2019 - 8:48 AM | អត្ថបទដោយ៖ ពិដោរ កុរច័ន្ទរតនា

Keo Sokngon points out that there is no big difference in managerial role and a football player, but insists that he needs more experience to guide the team to achieve better next season.

Keo Sokngon was appointed as the Red Singha team manager on November 25, 2018 after he retired from professional player in 2017 with Phnom Penh Crown. Phnom Penh Crown reached the semi-final of the Hun Sen Cup and finished sixth in the Cambodian League in the former Cambodia international striker’s first season as their team manager.

Keo Sokngon, who won the Cambodian League title four times and Hun Sen Cup twice as a player, told “We encountered many issues, but it’s an experience for me from a player to a team manager. It’s not a big difference, anyway.

“In my first season, I received much experience that I can use to improve our new season including the players’ tactic in all situations. In football, that’s not always easy as the situation is different when I am a player and a team manager, but that’s an experience for me.

“The more we make mistakes, the more we learn. 2019 is my first season as the team manager, so there’s room for improvement. There’s thing I need to change to improve, and I will do my best.

“Football is not all about winning the games. We need to play as a team, and sometimes we need luck on our side. What we want the most is the quality of playing.

“We will try to give our young players more playing time. If you look at football these days, the young players have much potential, but they need more time on the field to improve their stamina. I hope to see more young players on the field next season.

“The more playing time they receive, the better they can perform and the higher commitment they will have, and this is for them to show what they can do.

“Lastly, thanks for the constructive feedback we received from our supporters to make us a better team, and the others also appreciate what we have done. We hope they will continue to show their support and stay with us.”