Korean Coach Snapped up by New Chinese Club After 1st Job Offer Scrapped

      January 21, 2019 11:37

      Former Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors coach Choi Kang-hee will take over as coach of Chinese Super League team Dalian Yifang after he had his contract with Tianjin Quanjian canceled without even getting a chance to take the helm.

      China's Sina Sports on Sunday reported that Dalian Yifang chose Choi as its head coach after negotiations with Portuguese candidate Leonardo Jardim collapsed.

      Choi Kang-hee

      In October last year, Choi signed a three-year contract with Tianjin Quanjin for W24 billion in total wages, but the club last week abruptly demanded the cancellation of his contract after a massive scandal led to a change in its ownership (US$1=W1,123).

      Choi is reportedly negotiating the final terms of the contract with Dalian Yifang. He is also expected to bring along three assistant coaches who also joined Tianjin Quanjian with him.

      Wanda Group, which took the full control of Dalian Yifang in early last year, is a property development giant and investor named to the global Fortune 500 in 2017.

      With the contract terms yet to be revealed, a Dalian-based news source reported that Choi will likely earn US$3.5 million in annual salary with the club. It will be a half of what he was promised by Tianjin Quanjian.

      Choi is now reportedly in Spain, where his new team is doing off-season training. 

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