Former Manchester United and Barcelona winger Jordi Cruyff heads to Chinese Super League after resignation as Ecuador boss
- Jordi Cruyff has become the new manager of the Chinese Shenzhen FC
- The 46-year-old is the son of former Holland and Barcelona legend Johan
- Jordi played for Manchester United and Barcelona during his playing career
- He recently resigned as manager of the Ecuadorian national team
Former Manchester United and Barcelona winger Jordi Cruyff has been named Shenzhen FC’s new Chinese Super League head coach.
The 46-year-old son of Dutch great Johan Cruyff had recently resigned after a brief stint as manager of Ecuador and is returning to China for the second time after previously coaching Chongqing Dangdai Lifan.
He replaces former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni at Shenzhen.
Jordi Cruyff has been named as the new head coach of Shenzhen, the Chinese Super League
Jordi (right) is the son of the Dutch great Johan Cruijff (left) who coached Barcelona
“I am delighted to return to Chinese football with this ambitious project,” said Cruijff.
‘The Chinese Super League is constantly improving as I have seen during my previous period in the division and I am very grateful to Shenzhen FC for the trust they have placed in me and my coaching staff to assist them in their pursuit of to grow further. a club.’
Prior to his first stint in China, Cruyff had a successful six-year stay in Maccabi-Tel Aviv, the first five of which were spent as the Israeli side’s sporting director, before leading the team during his senior year. During his time at the club, he also found himself temporarily forced to fill both roles.
Cruyff Junior has previously gained experience in China as a coach of Chongqing Dangdai Lifan
Cruyff helped establish Maccabi as a role model in Israel for their football philosophy and trophy success and played his part in winning three league titles, two State Cup crowns and the Toto Cup, as the team qualified three times for the Europa League and the Champions League once.
Maccabi’s most recent coach Vladimir Ivic has won consecutive titles and will be appointed as Watford’s new coach.