Jean Tigana's position as coach of Shanghai Shenhua is looking increasingly uncertain after it emerged that the 56-year-old did not attend his side's last match.
The big spenders lost 1-0 to Tianjin Teda on Thursday in the Chinese Super League, but the former Fulham boss was nowhere to be seen at the Hongkou Stadium.
However, it has now come to light that Tigana had left the venue shortly before kick-off, and it appears that he has now breached the terms of his contract.
Speaking prior to the loss, the ex-France midfielder was in a bullish mood when quizzed about his future at the club, and insisted that he had every intention of overseeing the clash against their fellow strugglers.
"I was at the [training] camp and I am going to the match [against Tianjin Teda]," Tigana told AFP.
"I have absolutely nothing to tell you because I do not know myself. I am currently waiting for letters from the club. I am not aware of anything."
Nicolas Anelka, who had recently been appointed as a player-coach at Shanghai, was elevated to the role of manager against Tianjin in the absence of his compatriot, and played the entire 90 minutes.
Shanghai has won only one of its six matches so far this season, and is languishing in 12th place in the CSL, despite making notable additions to its playing squad.