Football Coach Choi Kang-hee Joins 3rd Chinese Team in 6 Months

  • By Chang Min-seok

    July 05, 2019 10:34

    Choi Kang-hee

    Korean coach Choi Kang-hee will take charge of Chinese Super League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. Sina Sports reported Thursday that the club has appointed Choi to replace outgoing head coach Enrique Sanchez Flores, who resigned for personal reasons.

    Shanghai Shenhua are Choi's third Chinese team in some six months. After leading Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to six K-League titles, he left Korea for Tianjin Quanjian in October last year. He signed a three-year, W24-billion contract, only to see it abruptly canceled before he could take the helm following a massive scandal involving Quanjian Group, which led to a change in the club's ownership (US$1=W1,170).

    His next stop was Dalian Yifang. Choi signed with the club in February but was essentially fired just five months later due to its poor performance. He passed the baton to Spanish coach Rafael Benitez.

    After the odyssey that led him to Shanghai Shenhua, Choi now faces a new challenge -- avoiding relegation. With the season already past the halfway point, Shanghai Shenhua currently rank 14th among 16 teams in the first-tier league. The two bottom teams in the league are relegated to the second-tier league.

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