Football: China's Shanghai Shenhua terminates coach Gregorio Manzano's contract

Beijing (AFP) - Spanish football manager Gregorio Manzano is parting company with Shanghai Shenhua, the Chinese club said on Wednesday, despite taking them to a fourth-place finish in this year's Chinese Super League (CSL).

The CSL has a reputation for a quick turnaround of managers.

Manzano is the second coach in just a week to take his leave of a Shanghai team, hot on the heels of former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson's departure from Shanghai SIPG last Friday.

The decision was made "due to considerations about the team's future strategic development and in order to achieve its objectives for the new season, while also taking into account the differences in football principles between East and West", the club said on a verified social media account.

It expressed its "heartfelt thanks" for how the coach had raised the team's technical and strategic skill levels, stating: "We wish Mr. Manzano and his coaching staff every success in their future work and life."

Manzano, 60, headed Malaga, Atletico Madrid and Mallorca in his native Spain before landing his first job in China at Beijing Guoan in 2014.

He and Eriksson are not the only foreign hires on the mainland to be shown the door after a period of moderate success.

In 2012 Guangzhou Evergrande replaced Lee Jang Soo with Marcello Lippi mid-season after the Korean coach had taken them to promotion and the CSL title in consecutive years.

Evergrande also moved swiftly to replace Lippi's eventual successor, Fabio Cannavaro, with Luiz Felipe Scolari after the Italian had guided them to the top of the table last year.

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