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Marcelo Lippi, the Managerial Merry-Go-Round, and More Rule Proposals: The Chinese Football Podcast

The pod gets back to regular football business this week, starting with a preview of the title run-in – with a four-point advantage Shanghai International Port Group look to hold all the cards, but is their tougher run-in cause for concern? The international break has seen a couple of sides down the bottom part company with their coaches – can Henan’s third manager of the year save them from the drop, and what does Quanjian’s left-field appointment of Park Choong-Kyun mean for their future after a season of struggle for which the pundits aren’t entirely blaming the outgoing Paulo Sousa?

We look over a pair of uninspiring friendly performances against India and Syria for the national team, and dig into some of the criticism starting to face head coach Marcelo Lippi – is the Italian idling his way into retirement, or could anyone do better with the tools available?

There’s time for a few listener questions around player development and some of the new rule proposals being rumoured for the CSL next year – with the verdict remaining out on how soon we’ll see an influx of foreign goalkeepers, Chinese strikers or promotion-relegation playoffs.

The Chinese Football Podcast is hosted by Wild East Football’s Steve Crooks, joined by Chinese football experts Brandon Chemers in Beijing and Cameron Wilson in Shanghai.

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Steve hosts the Chinese Football Podcast, having joined the WEF team as correspondent for Shanghai Shenhua, the side he has followed since moving to Shanghai in 2010. Exiled from the Victorian town-centre idyll of Feethams along with his childhood football team, Steve spent many an (un)happy year on Hongkou's North Terrace along with the Shenhua Element Crew and Blue Devils before relocating to Sydney from where he continues to follow the Chinese game from afar.

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