Gus Poyet is taking charge of Shenua Shanghai. AP/Press Association Images
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Former Sunderland boss Poyet takes up managerial role in Chinese Super League

The ex-Spurs and Chelsea midfielder was sacked by Spanish side Real Betis earlier this month.

CHINESE FOOTBALL CLUB Shanghai Shenhua named former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet as their new coach today, after cutting ties with his Spanish predecessor Gregorio Manzano despite finishing fourth in the Chinese Super League.

Poyet, 49, was sacked earlier this month by struggling Spanish outfit Real Betis.

Shenhua announced that the one-time Real Zaragoza, Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder arrived in the Chinese commercial hub today and would begin training the team later this week.

Shenhua’s performance last season earned them a berth in the AFC Champions League but the club terminated Manzano’s contract earlier this month, citing unspecified “considerations about the team’s future strategic development and in order to achieve its objectives for the new season”.

A club announcement said it expects Poyet to “further improve on the team’s tactics and put in an outstanding performance in both Asian and domestic matches in the new season”.

The Chinese Super League has a reputation for quick turnaround of managers. Besides Manzano, former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was let go from Shanghai SIPG this month.

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

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

The league’s burgeoning coffers have also been attracting a number of well-known players in recent years including Graziano Pelle, Ramires, Alex Teixeira, Gervinho, Obafemi Martins, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba.

Ba, Martins and former Colombia international Giovanni Moreno are among the players Poyet will have at his disposal in his new role.

© AFP 2016

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