Eriksson becomes head coach of Shenzhen FC

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson took charge of Chinese second-division outfit Shenzhen FC on Monday, according to reports.

The Sun newspaper said the Swede would be unveiled as manager in the next week.

Eriksson was most recently head coach of Shanghai SIPG, but left his position even though they finished in third place in the Chinese Super League (CSL).

The former England manager will replace Clarence Seedorf, who was appointed to the post in July, but failed to guide Shenzhen into the CSL.

With Eriksson at the helm, Shenzhen FC are hoping for a lot more success given the 68-year-old’s “rich coaching experience, advanced football philosophy, and intimate knowledge of Chinese football”.

Eriksson spent a total of two season with Shanghai SIPG, and in his first season, the club finished as the runners-up in the CSL. In this season, they were not as successful, but they did compete in the AFC Champions League, where they managed to reach the quarter-finals before being thrashed 5-0 on aggregate by eventual champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of South Korea.

The Swede, who was succeeded by Andre Villas-Boas at Shanghai SIPG, was not the only coach in the CSL to lose his job last week as Shanghai Shenhua sacked Gregorio Manzano and brought in former Uruguay international Gustavo Poyet as his replacement.