China puts Serbian football coach on back seat

July 18th, 2008 - 5:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 18 (Xinhua) With just three weeks left for the Beijing Olympics, China has put Serbian coach Ratomir Dujkovic on the back seat in the Chinese Olympic football coaching staff. Yin Tiesheng, former coach of Chinese league team Qingdao and men’s under-20 national team in 2004, was appointed as the executive head coach of the Olympic team, Chinese Football Association vice chairman Xie Yalong told Xinhua.

Dujkovic, who has been running the under-23 Olympic team since late 2006, has been moved into an advising job, mainly responsible for analysing the opponents.

“The players are not content with the Dujkovic’s training methods and strategies, and for the sake of the Olympics, we have to make some changes,” said Xie.

“From now on, Yin will be in charge of the training and matches. Since Dujkovic has steered the team for about two years, he is still able to play his part in tactics.”

Dujkovic took over as China’s senior team coach in January, but the team was disbanded after being knocked out of the first qualifying round for the 2010 World Cup.

China is grouped with Brazil, New Zealand and Belgium in Group C at the Olympic Games in August.

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