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Sven-Göran Eriksson to become Shanghai East Asia head coach next season?

Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson will join Shanghai East Asia as head coach next season, a source familiar with the matter told Wild East Football.

Rumours emerged in the Swedish press over the weekend that the 66-year-old Swede will join East Asia, (also known as SIPG for sponsorship reasons) when his current contract with Guangzhou R&F expires this season.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of R&Fs big clash against fellow Asian Champions League qualification chasers Shandong Luneng, Eriksson responded to Chinese media enquries about a possbile move to East Asia by saying he did not know where he would be coaching next season.

“As regards that rumour, I really don’t know anything about it. Right now I am only interested in taking R&F into the Asian Champions League.  As far as things for next year go, I will make a decision at the end of the season – right now I am putting all my efforts and energy into getting R&F into the ACL.”

However a source told East Asia would be backed my a major new investor next season and have agreed a deal to bring Eriksson to Shanghai Stadium. understands that no announcement will be made until the current season, which finishes in two week’s time, is over.

East Asia’s club headquarters are on Chongming Island, a rural part of Shanghai Municipality over 90 minutes from the city centre. However the club will move to a new base in the city proper as part of the new investment deal, according to the source.

The 2012 China League 1 Champions will continue to play their matches at 80,000 capacity Shanghai Stadium in the Xujiahui area of the city.

According to the club’s Swedish striker Tobias Hysen, Shanghai East Asia’s defacto head coach is Xu Genbao who founded the club in 2005 but lacks the necessary coaching qualifications. Former Shenhua boss Xi Zhikang is officially head coach but Xu dominates all decisions made at the club, according to various sources.

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  1. Donald Ross

    20/10/2014 at 00:26

    Sven’s contract at R&F is up at the end of the season but with ACL qualification almost guaranteed surely it would get renewed? Why would he move to a club who won’t be in the ACL? It’s not like R&F have been shy about spending money on new players. Unless all of this is just a ploy to get R&F to offer him more money to stay….

  2. Shinpath

    22/10/2014 at 15:20

    If two Svens meet, there is ritual combat to the death, as written in the Rune of Bjorn.

    • Yiddo Huayi

      23/10/2014 at 15:22

      If two Svens meet does Ulrika Jonsson get confused?

      • Cameron Wilson

        23/10/2014 at 16:27

        Hahaha don’t even go there.

  3. Cameron Wilson

    23/10/2014 at 12:30

    That would be an interesting spectacle.

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