When the renowned Italian coach Marcello Lippi were brought to China as a new coach in 2016, it was with a gilt-edged contract that made him the world's best-paid national coach. But the expectations that come with a large price tag, is far from been settled.
It takes Lippi now the consequence of and step down from his position as a chinese national coach. For the second time in a year. Lippi did the same in January, but reconsidered and returned to the job in may.
This time it's disappointment over China's surprising 1-2 defeat to Syria in WORLD cup qualifying, which will get Lippi to throw in the towel.
- My salary is very high, and I take all the blame, he said at a press conference after the match, where Lippi announced his good-bye, according to ESPN.
China is now five points after the Acid in Asia WORLD cup qualification group A halfway into the group stage. China can qualify even with a second place finish, but it requires that they are among the four best ranked in second place - and here it is just in among, á point, but with a better goal difference than Thailand and Lebanon.
Before sending the job to the chinese team coach was Marcello Lippi the first coach and the technical director of the chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. Before that he was in charge for Italy of the two laps. The first period was the most successful with the WORLD cup triumph in Germany in 2006 as the culmination.
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