Eriksson to lead second-tier club Shenzhen FC

Shenzhen (China)—Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson on Monday took charge of second-division Chinese club Shenzhen FC, leaving the top tier of China football for the challenge of lifting a team out of relegation.
Eriksson, who has raised the fortunes of Chinese Super League sides Guangzhou R&F and Shanghai SIPG in his three seasons coaching in the country, parted ways with SIPG last month despite leading them to a third-place finish.
After being introduced as Shenzhen’s skipper in a press conference in the southern Chinese city near Hong Kong, the Swede said he wasn’t ready to leave China and the fast growth of football in the country.
“I’ve been in China for three and a half years and I feel that I still want to work with football in China,” he told AFP, calling Shenzhen FC a “big club with big ambitions.”
“Hopefully we will play good football and hopefully we will win a lot of football matches. That’s the target of course. Trying very, very hard to achieve the goal, and the goal is to go up to Super league.”
Eriksson replaces former Dutch international Clarence Seedorf, who took over at Shenzhen in July but failed to win promotion to the Chinese Super League.
Shenzhen said it expected Eriksson’s “rich coaching experience, advanced football philosophy, and intimate knowledge of Chinese football” to bring success.
Eriksson left Shanghai SIPG, one of China’s biggest clubs, last month after two seasons in charge.—AFP

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