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Disappointment continues for struggling Changchun Yatai

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Struggles in the second tier continued for Changchun Yatai after they suffered a comprehensive 4-1 home loss to Beijing BSU.

Changchun suffered their third loss in seven league games, slipping further down the China League One table.

A team expected to dominate the second tier this season, Changchun have largely disappointed their fanbase and the future of manager Chen Jingang continues to be in question.

After taking charge of the club in April 2017, Chen lead Changchun to an impressive seventh-place finish before seeing the club relegated the very next season.

Chen’s start to life in the second tier has already seen fans protesting and calling for his head, while the side slipped to their worst defeat of the season at home.

A Gerard Gohou hat-trick secured the defeat, with things tied at 1-1 heading into the half-time break thanks to a Maurides equaliser for the home side.

Changchun Yatai were favourites for promotion prior to the start of the season but now find themselves sitting in 11th place.

The club now sits behind Beijing BSU in the standings after the capital-based club started the day sitting in the relegation play-off spots.

The disappointing form of the North-East club should prompt some vast changes in the summer transfer market, with real concerns up front as well as in the heart of the defence.

If Chen survives this latest loss, he will need to find some way to get his team playing in the right way otherwise his tenure with the club will come to an unceremonious end.

James Reeve is a British sports writer and the correspondent on Changchun Yatai for Wild East Football. James has followed the club since 2012, lived in the North-Eastern city between August 2013 and March 2018 and was a season ticket holder for the 2015 CSL campaign.

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