Reports suggest Fabio Cannavaro is set to replace Marcello Lippi as Guangzhou Evergrande boss
Last Updated: 03/11/14 5:34pm
Italy's World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro is reportedly set to replace his former national coach Marcello Lippi as boss of Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.
Lippi, 66, announced he was stepping aside after Guangzhou clinched their fourth successive Chinese Super League title on the final day of the season on Sunday with a 1-1 draw at Shandong Luneng.
"It is my last match as a head coach for the club," said Lippi, who led the Guangdong club to AFC Champions League success in 2013.
"I will be 67 years old in the near future, and I do not want to be the head coach anymore."
Lippi looks set to become the team's chief technical officer, possibly his last job in a career that has seen him win five Italian Serie A titles, a UEFA Champions League with Juventus in 1996 and the World Cup with Italy in 2006.
Cannavaro, Lippi’s captain during the Azzurris' fourth World Cup victory, will be unveiled as Guangzhou's new coach next week, according to Chinese media reports.
The 41-year-old is currently on the coaching staff at Al-Ahli in the UAE.