Five Months After Signing, Nicolas Anelka Named Player-Coach Of Shanghai Shenhua

Chris Wright

12th, April 2012

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By Chris Wright

Despite only joining the club in a playing capacity from Chelsea five months ago, it would appear that Nicolas Anelka has today been appointed as the player-coach of his Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua with scurrilous rumours abound that Jean Tigana had been sacked after a torrid start to the season.

However, that doesn’t quite appear to be the case.

The reports coming out of China are confusing at best, with some claiming that Anelka has been given the job outright, some claiming that he’s signed on as a player-manager, some claiming that he’s only been put in temporary charge to run training sessions until a new manager is sworn in and some claiming that Tigana hasn’t been sacked at all and that Anelka has just been made his assistant.

It would seem that the latter is true, especially if Shenhua’s official club statement

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