Chinese Super League 2016

‘Big Phil’ Scolari signs new deal with Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande

Brazilian had looked set to leave the club

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, 9:44am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, 9:44am

Guangzhou Evergrande manager Luiz Felipe Scolari signed a new deal with the club after they sealed their sixth consecutive championship, surprising many who expected him to be shown the door.

Evergrande had agreed a deal for their former manager Marcello Lippi to return, but stood aside to let him take charge of the national team.

But Scolari, 64, agreed a new one-year deal with an option for one more with the club on Monday.

“We firmly believe that with world-class champion coach Scolari as the core of the team’s success will help [the club] maintain its leading position and consolidate its championship momentum,” said the club.

Guangzhou Evergrande winning the title is becoming as inevitable as night following day, but who can challenge their dominance?

Evergrande maintained their stranglehold on Chinese football when they went seven points clear with two games to go after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Yanbian Funde.

“I hope Lippi can bring the national team success and if asked I will be happy to help with that,” Scolari said after the game.

“But as far my situation is concerned, I want to see out my contract with the club. But right now there has not been any real progress as regards my future here.”

Scolari emulated Lippi by winning the AFC Champions League in 2015, but his stock plummeted when their title defence ended at the group stage in this year’s competition.

Additional reporting: Agence France-Presse