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Former Chelsea man given coaching role.
Anelka to help coach Shenhua, Tigana stays
SHANGHAI — Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua said Thursday striker Nicolas Anelka would help coach the team along with his playing duties, but denied it had sacked French head coach Jean Tigana.
A Shenhua official confirmed reports they had sacked three assistant coaches after winning only two of their five matches so far this season, but said Tigana was still in his position following speculation he would also be axed.
“We fired the assistant coaches. Tigana is still the coach of the team,” the official, who declined to be named, told AFP on Thursday. “Anelka is now on the coaching team.”
The Oriental Sports Daily said the club had sacked three assistant coaches brought on board by Tigana and hired four new ones as replacements.
Well that didn’t take long. The French forward has barely been at his new club for five minutes and now he is part of the club’s coaching team. If there was one player you couldn’t imagine going down the coaching route then it would be Nicolas Anelka but perhaps the former Chelsea man has designs on taking over from Jean Tigana as the Shanghai Shenhua boss some time in the near future?