Amidst all the departures on the playing side of things, two coaches left today in an expected move thanks to rumours in the Japanese media. Head coach Noritada Saneyoshi (41) and assistant coach Masaaki Koido (35), both end their Gamba careers as champions.
Saneyoshi was a one-club man, spending his entire professional career with Gamba, from 1995-2007, being part of the J1 championship winning side. After retiring from playing duties, he went straight on to be a youth coach at Gamba, being a coach from 2009 until being sent forward as the head coach after the Serrao catastrophe. It will be the first time in 18 years that we will not be with Gamba, one way or another. His knowledge of the club and football knowledge will be surely missed.
Koido on the other hand ends just a one year association with Gamba. He was part of Kenta Hasegawa’s staff through his tenure at Shimizu S-Pulse from 2005 to 2010. A man with over 10 years of coaching experience, significantly at J1, will be a loss.
Thank you to both men for their contributions in helping us get back to where we belong. Rumour is that Akira Nishino will want Saneyoshi to join him at Nagoya Grampus, so we might meet the man sooner than we think. Good luck to Saneyoshi and Koido in the futures!