Ex-Chelsea star Anelka steps in as Shanghai Shenhua coach

Nicolas Anelka has been installed as coach of battling Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

Nicolas Anelka has been installed as coach of battling Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

The French striker, who joined Shanghai from Chelsea in January, will step in to help manager Jean Tigana who has led the club to just one win from their opening five matches of the 2012 CSL season.

"Due to the team's recent record which has not met the expectations and demands of the club's fans, media and other parties and the fact the foreign players are in urgent need of high-quality training the club has made the decision to replace some members of the coaching staff,” read a club statement.

"The club will introduce four coaches from the United Kingdom and France to join the coaching staff to provide the necessary training support to ensure the competitive state of the players.

"In addition, the team captain Nicolas Anelka will coach and participate in the team's daily training management."

Anelka has scored two goals for Shanghai after his shift from England as the club sits 11th on the 16-team table.

 
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