Former AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf takes over at Shenzhen FC

The former Dutch international is appointed to revive the fortunes of a club now playing in China’s second tier

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 July, 2016, 11:55pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 July, 2016, 11:55pm

Former Dutch soccer international Clarence Seedorf has been appointed coach of struggling Shenzhen FC, the club said on Thursday.

The club, which plays in China’s second league, said on its website that the former AC Milan coach would take over immediately.

Seedorf was hired “because our club’s league performance in the first half of the year has not been what we had aimed for”, Shenzhen FC said.

“We believe that Mr Seedorf’s rich international experience and advanced ideas about the game can push Shenzhen FC to achieve new milestones,” it added.

The move would “bring more global attention to China and Shenzhen,” it said, without stating the value or duration of Seedorf’s contract.

Former midfielder Seedorf is one of the Netherlands most decorated players, winning domestic continental titles while playing for clubs in the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Brazil.

His managerial career has been less distinguished, and he was dismissed by Milan in 2014 after just four months in the job.

Shenzhen FC were relegated to China’s second tier in 2011, before being taken over by a venture capital firm in 2015.

Chinese investors have poured unprecedented amounts of cash into domestic football in recent years after its leagues apparently were cleaned up following damaging corruption scandals.