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Gao out in Guiyang

Yesterday, Guizhou Renhe announced that Gao Hongbo has resigned as the club’s manager. According to Guizhou’s announcement, Gao wants to go abroad to further his coaching knowledge, leading him to come to this decision.

Gao took over at Renhe in September 2011 and started turning things around. This past season, he led the team to a surprising fourth place finish in the league and to the CFA Cup final, allowing them Asian Champions League football for the first time ever.

The timing of this comes as a shock, over a month after the season finished and just before winter training begins.  There is plenty of speculation that Gao was quietly (and respectfully) forced out by the club, who are looking to bring in a bigger name foreign manager. If that was the case, it would be the second time in two years that Gao was pushed out for a foreign manager, previously pushed out by the CFA from his job as national team manager and replaced by Jose Antonio Camacho.

The club has denied any intention and insist this surprised them as much as anybody. Guizhou’s vice chairman Yang Xiaoyu stated that they have no plans to find a new manager at the current time and will let assistant manager Gong Lei take over. As for the 46 year old Gao, rumors abound that he may be considering coaching his longtime patron Xu Genbao’s club East Asia.

Whatever comes next for Guizhou and Gao, this is yet another surprise in this very unusual offseason.

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.

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  1. BlackDragon

    19/12/2012 at 01:35

    Best of wishes to Gao, the best coach of china.

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