Portuguese manager Paulo Sousa has left Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian by mutual consent, the club announced on Thursday morning. The 48-year-old leaves after 11 months in charge of the Tianjin side, who finished fourth under Fabio Cannavaro last season to qualify for the AFC Champions League . The former Fiorentina manager oversaw victory over his predecessor’s new side Guangzhou Evergrande in the knockout stages of the competition but then lost to Japanese J.League side Kashima Antlers in the quarter-finals. #BREAKING After a disappointing @TheAFCCL exit and poor #CSL campaign, Paulo Sousa has been axed as coach of Tianjin Quanjian. pic.twitter.com/ld6L4Kd9Uy — The Asian Game (@TheAsianGame) 4 October 2018 <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> The second leg of that game had to be played in Macau after the Chinese side failed to secure a suitable alternative venue to their own ground. Sousa was also hamstrung by losing midfielder Axel Witsel to Borussia Dortmund after the Chinese Super League transfer window closed and by star striker Anthony Modeste refusing to play because of an ongoing contract dispute. Fan outrage as China FA calls up 55 under-25 players to ‘military’ training camp, ruling them out for the rest of the season Sousa becomes the eighth full-time managerial casualty of the 2018 season. There are six games of the season left and Tianjin Quanjian sit 13th in the 16-team table. They are at risk of returning to China League One, which they won in 2016. Comedy own goal, stroppy striker and open nets missed in another weekend of the best and worst of the Chinese Super League Tianjin Quanjian travel to third-place Shandong Luneng on Friday, with Shen Xiangfu reported to be in temporary charge of the side.