Shanghai: French striker Nicolas Anelka will become a "player-coach" at Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, the club said on Thursday while insisting French head coach Jean Tigana remained on board.
A Shenhua official confirmed reports they had sacked three assistant coaches after winning only two of their five matches so far this season, but said Tigana was still in his position following speculation he would also be axed.
"We fired the assistant coaches. Tigana is still the coach of the team," the official, who declined to be named, told AFP. "Anelka is now on the coaching team."