Ex-Chelsea ace Anelka taking "English philosophy" into Shanghai Shenhua job

Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka says he's taking an "English philosophy" into his coaching gig with Shanghai Shenhua.

Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka says he's taking an "English philosophy" into his coaching gig with Shanghai Shenhua.

Anelka admitted his surprise at being appointed to the coaching staff, but insisted he had no qualms about taking over from Jean Tigana.

"I don't know what happened with the coach, but it looked like an impasse," he said.

"As usual I will take on and try to seize the challenge, which is the greatest of my career. We start almost from scratch again.

"Florent Ibenge will take the daily training sessions. To assist us there will be Alioune Toure and Ian Walker for the keepers."

Anelka revealed he had a "very English coaching philosophy".

"I have been impressed by Carlo Ancelotti, Kevin Keegan, Arsene Wenger, Guus Hiddink, Christoph Daum and Sam Allardyce," he said.

"I have also looked at Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp. I have a very English coaching philosophy."

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