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Former Chelsea manager heads to China

Former Chelsea and Brazil manager ‘Big Phil’ Scolari has agreed a deal to take over at Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, according to Sambafoot.

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The deal will see him replace current manager Fabio Cannavaro, and he has signed a 30 month contract.

Guangzhou Evergrande already have four Brazilians among their playing staff – Elkeson, Ricardo Goulart, Renê Junior and Alan Carvalho.

Scolari is widely considered to be one of the best managers in the game, having lifted the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and the Copa Libertadores with Palmeiras 1999.

He was made Chelsea manager in 2008, but only lasted until the following February as he struggled to get the team to perform. His fate was sealed after a 2-0 loss to Liverpool was swiftly followed by a 0-0 draw with Hull City.

Later that year he was briefly made the highest paid football manager in the world when Bunyodkor from Uzbekistan gave him £13 million per year deal.

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