Houghton to coach Shenyang

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Former China coach Bobby Houghton will return to the country to guide struggling Super League team Shenyang Ginde, a Chinese newspaper has reported.

Houghton to coach Shenyang

Shanghai:

Former China coach Bobby Houghton will return to the country to guide struggling Super League team Shenyang Ginde.The globe-trotting Englishman, who last managed Uzbekistan, begins an 11 month contract with the northeastern team next month, Titan Sports reported.However, Shenyang have promised to release him early if the Chinese national team offers him a coaching position.Successful stintHoughton has been praised for developing young players during his 1998-2000 stint as China's coach.He said he's interested in advising the national team, which has struggled since qualifying for its first-ever World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan in 2002.Last year, China was knocked out of qualifying for the 2006 finals in Germany.China's current coach Zhu Guanghu says he wants to bring the former Fulham midfielder back as a technical adviser, but has reportedly been unable to come up with the funds.Rich experienceTitan said Houghton will earn about $20,000 per month as coach of Shenyang, which finished second-to-last among the Super League's 14 teams last season. Houghton brings with him considerable experience coaching Chinese professional clubs, along with teams in England, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Switzerland.He left Uzbekistan earlier this month after leading the Central Asian side to the brink of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. (AP)



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