Poyet named Shanghai Shenhua coach

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 Gustavo Poyet.

Shanghai Greenland Shenhua named Uruguayan Gustavo Poyet its new head coach on Tuesday, who will lead the Chinese Super League side in the new season, as well as in the Asian Champions League next year.

The 48-year-old has coaching experience at Brighton & Hove Albion, Sunderland and AEK Athens. He signed a two-year deal with La Liga side Real Betis last May, but was replaced by Victor Sanchez earlier this month. As a player, he put in some impressive performances for clubs like Real Zaragoza, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

Just 18 days after his dismissal in Spain, the former Uruguay midfielder is starting a new career in the big-spending CSL. He has brought along a four-member team of assistants — Italian assistant coach Mauricio Tarico, Greece fitness coach Panagiotis Voulgaris, British technical analyst Charlie Oatway and goalkeeper coach Andy Beasley.

They arrived in Shanghai yesterday morning and toured the club's training camp in Pudong's Kangqiao. The team heads for Haikou, Hainan Province, on Friday for preseason training.

Shenhua had been searching for a "suitable but not necessarily famous" manager since ending its contract with Spaniard Gregorio Manzano after a fourth-place finish in the 2016 CSL season. It had earlier contacted other candidates, including Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.

The CSL has a reputation for quick turnover of managers. Besides Manzano, ex-England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was let go by Shanghai SIPG this month.

In 2012, Guangzhou Evergrande replaced Lee Jang-soo with Marcello Lippi mid-season after the Korean coach had taken it to promotion and the CSL title in consecutive years.

Evergrande also moved swiftly to replace Lippi's eventual successor, Fabio Cannavaro, with Brazil's Luiz Felipe Scolari after the Italian had guided it to the top of the table last year.

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