Anyang KGC coach steps down from job

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Anyang KGC coach steps down from job

Anyang KGC said on Wednesday that its coach Jeon Chang-jin, who is under investigation for allegedly committing match-fixing and illegal gambling, has decided to step down from his position.

Jeon, 52, has been investigated by the police for charges stemming from last season, when he was coaching the Busan KT Sonicboom in the Korean Basketball League (KBL). He was appointed as the new coach for the Anyang KGC this April.

The KBL has already suspended Jeon’s coaching license for the new season, citing the ongoing investigation. According to the KGC, Jeon said that since the case is not likely to be solved until the league registration deadline of Aug. 14, he decided to retire. The case is now in the hands of the prosecutors, who will ultimately decide whether to indict Jeon or not.

Jeon, a five-time KBL Coach of the Year, apologized to the league, team and fans for being involved in such an incident. The KGC said that chief assistant coach Kim Seung-gi will serve as interim coach. Kim, 43, already picked new foreign players and has been coaching without Jeon since May.

BY JOO KYUNG-DON [joo.kyungdon@joongang.co.kr]

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