Cruijff will arrive in China on Sunday and will first go into quarantine in connection with the corona outbreak. He is assisted at his new employer by assistant coach Zhang Xiaorui and by Gao Lin as assistant coach and captain. Zhang will continue to act as head coach as long as the new trainer cannot lead the group.
Shenzhen FC is happy with the arrival of the Dutch trainer. “Cruyff has worked for a long time at top-class clubs in Europe, understands the dynamics of world football, has extensive experience in team management and coaching and is familiar with the Chinese Super League,” said the club.
China is not an unknown country for Cruijff. In 2018, he joined Chongqing Lifan mid-season and managed to stave off relegation from the Chinese Super League. In the following season, he led the team to a place in the top 10 of the league.