Villa Boas named new Shanghai SIPG Boss after Erikson sacking


Andre Villa Boas has taken over from Sven-Goran Eriksson as manager of Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG.

Ex-Chelsea and Tottenham boss Villas-Boas has decided to accept the £11million-a-year deal to move to China despite interest from Inter Milan as they search for a replacement for Frank De Boer.

The 39-year-old has been drafted in after Eriksson was sacked for not delivering a trophy after two years with Shanghai and despite heavy investment in the side.

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Villas-Boas has been without a job since leaving Zenit Saint Petersburg in May, and was one of the names in the frame to fill the vacancy at Inter.

But he has decided to try his luck in the emerging Chinese game which shows no sign of ending their huge investment into football in an effort to build a world-class league.

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Eriksson, 68, was dumped after he could only lead Shanghai – who include Brazilian Hulk in their squad – to third place this season 12 points behind champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

But the former England manager could still extend his stay in China, with the Swede being linked with taking charge of Beijing Guoan.

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