History-making coach Chan Yuen-ting returns as Eastern head coach ahead of new Hong Kong Premier League season
‘Beef Ball’ is back in the hot seat as 2016 champions look to get back to winning ways after two trophyless seasons
History making Chan Yuen-ting has been reappointed as the coach of Hong Kong Premier League side Eastern Long Lions for the coming season.
The club confirmed the news on their Facebook page ahead of the team’s first training session ahead of the new season.
Chan made headlines when she led the side to the HKPL title in 2015-16 and the club’s first ever AFC Champions League campaign in 2017.
BREAKING: Chan Yuen-ting (aka “Beef Ball”), who made international headlines as the first female coach winning a men’s top-tier title, is back in charge as head coach of Eastern SC #hkfootball #HKPL pic.twitter.com/OigURrUU2E
— Football in HK (@offsideHK) 19 July 2018
It was the club’s first title in over two decades and the coach nicknamed “Beef Ball” earned a spot in the Guinness World Records for becoming the first woman to lead a men’s team to a title.
The 29-year-old was also named as AFC Women’s Coach of the Year for 2016.
She stepped down from the role of head coach in May 2017 almost a year to the day from winning the league title and the Senior Shield.
Eastern struggled in their debut Champions League outing, scoring once and conceding 24 including a 7-0 loss to Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande as they finished with a single point.
A trophyless season and a desire to complete her AFC Pro Licence was the reason for stepping down from the top job.
Last season she had a minor coaching role at the club as they finished fourth, 22 points behind rivals Kitchee at the top of the table and nine points off qualification for the continental competitions.
Chan’s presence will give a much-needed shot in the arm to struggling Eastern and wider media attention to the Hong Kong league.
The schedule for the new season is yet to be announced.