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Chinese Super League clear-out: Fabio Capello latest manager to leave just a month into new season

The former Real Madrid coach departs by mutual consent, according to Mainland reports, with Romanian Cosmin Olaroiu line up to replace him

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, 1:19pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, 10:18pm

Fabio Capello has become the second coach to lose his job in the Chinese Super League this season after Jiangsu Suning confirmed his departure just a month into the new campaign .

Mainland reports said Romanian Cosmin Olaroiu has been appointed to replace the former England and Russia national boss.

A club statement on Wednesday morning said Suning have prematurely terminated their contract with Capello, who joined Suning last summer, by mutual agreement. The Italian’s contract was set to run until the end of the season.

There has been no official announcement regarding Capello’s successor, but reports said Olaroiuhas arrived in Nanjing and is ready to take up the job.

Olaroiu has spent the last decade managing in the Middle East with various clubs including Al Ahli of Dubai, who lost to Guangzhou Evergande in the 2015 AFC Champions League final 1-0 on aggregate.

The 48-year-old also had a brief stint with Saudi Arabia at the 2015 Asian Cup finals when they were eliminated in the group stage.

Suning are 12th in the table with one win and two losses. They also finished 12th out of 16 teams last season under Capello, who joined the Nanjing club in mid season in June replacing caretaker Li Jinyu.

But fans were not happy with results, especially given Capello’s reputation as a world-class manager with big-name foreign players at his disposal including Brazilian Alex Teixeira – who joined the Chinese side in early 2016 for a reported Asian-record fee of 50 million from Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine – and former Brazil international Ramires.

Reports said Capello and the club could not agree on the signing of new players when the season began last month.

Last week, Ma Lin of Dalian Yifang was replaced by German legend Bernd Schuster after losing all three of his opening games this season.