Shanghai Shenhua says Jean Tigana has resigned as the club's coach with Nicolas Anelka to take over a player-manager according to Chinese state media, however the former Fulham boss denies the claims.
The 56-year-old had been absent from the sidelines of Friday's 1-0 home loss to Tianjin Teda following a week where three French assistants he'd brought to the club were given the sack.
During the week, Anelka had also tweeted he had become player-coach, although Shenhua had said he was only acting as an assistant and Tigana remained in his senior role.
According to the Shanghai Daily, the big-spending Chinese club's owner Zhu Jun has confirmed Tigana has resigned although there is no agreement on a severance package at this stage for the coach who only joined the club in December.
However, Tigana told AFP on Monday that he hadn't quit the club.
"That's wrong," he said responding to the report.
Tigana refused to speak on whether he was still at the club, and added: "I have nothing to declare."
The Frenchman's position as boss has been on shaky ground after the side's poor start to the 2012 season, where they are currently 14th with just one win from six games. It has also been reported Shenhua players are unhappy with his training methods.