Fabio Cannavaro quits Tianjin Quanjian after successful stint, with Guangzhou Evergrande ready to pounce
Confirmation comes at the club’s season review assembly that the Italian will leave his post at the club he joined in 2016
Fabio Cannavaro, who led Tianjin Quanjian to the Chinese Super League and helped them secure a spot in the 2018 AFC Champions League in their first top flight season, parted ways with the northern China club.
At the club’s season review assembly on Monday, it was confirmed that the Italian would leave his post at the Tianjin club he joined in 2016 when they were still in the second tier Chinese League One.
“After an application submitted by Cannavaro followed by some goodwill discussion, Tianjin Quanjian have agreed Cannavaro will not continue to be the head coach of club,” said a club statement. “Since his appointment in 2016, Cannavaro has completed his job as the head coach with great success and has accomplished the club’s targets for both the 2016 and 2017 seasons.”
The club said Cannavaro indicated his desire to leave six weeks ago and the decision was made under mutual agreement.
Quanjian immediately introduced the replacement as former Portugal international Paulo Sousa, who left Serie A club Fiorentina this summer, and will take up the post at the start of the 2018 pre-season.
Cannavaro is said to be high on Guangzhou Evergrande’s list of potential replacements for outgoing Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari, according to mainland media reports. The Italian left Evergrande in 2015.
In November 2014, Cannavaro was named as head coach of the CSL title-holders replacing his former national team manager Marcello Lippi.
However, Cannavaro was surprisingly replaced by Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari after a league match against Tianjin Teda in June the following year, only seven months after he was installed at the helm.
Scolari is also no longer in his post after leading the Guangzhou club to a record seventh consecutive Super League title this season.
Cannavaro guided Tianjin Quanjian to the 2016 China League One title, thus sealing their promotion to their Chinese Super League. On debut they finished in an outstanding third position, close behind champions Evergrande and big spenders Shanghai SIPG.