Andre Villas-Boas replaces Sven-Goran Eriksson at Shanghai SIPG
By Paul Vinnell
Last Updated: 04/11/16 10:49am
Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has replaced Sven-Goran Eriksson as coach of Shanghai SIPG.
Villas-Boas will be paid a reported £11m a year - £7m more than Eriksson, making him one of the highest paid managers in the world.
He will be reunited in China with striker Hulk, who he coached at Porto and Zenit St Petersburg, the Russian club he left earlier this year.
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Andre Villas-Boas is the leading young manager in European football, with a huge amount of passion and coaching experience," Shanghai SIPG said in a statement.
"We are convinced his arrival will enrich the tactical nous of the team, unearth the potential of our young talents and guide our club to scale new heights."
The decision to part company with former England boss Eriksson was taken following "friendly discussions", the club said in a statement, thanking the Swede for his "great contribution to the team in the past two years."
"We sincerely hope everything goes well for Mr Eriksson's future work and life," the statement added.
SIPG were runners-up in the CSL in Eriksson's first year at the club, giving them a place in this season's AFC Champions League, where they reached the quarter-finals.
SIPG have been among China's big spenders as money pours into the Chinese game.
Eriksson coached England from 2001-2006 and went on to lead Manchester City and Leicester City. One of several high-profile foreign names to secure lucrative contracts in China, his first job in the country was at Guangzhou R&F in 2013.