Anelka becomes player-coach as Shanghai Shenhua move on assistants

The former France international has been elevated into a coaching position as the Chinese big spenders overhaul their managerial staff following their poor start to 2012
Chinese big spenders Shanghai Shenhua have announced on Thursday that Nicolas Anelka will become part of the club's newlook coaching staff.

Earlier this week there was speculation on head coach Jean Tigana's future at the club, and at Thursday's press conference Shenhua confirmed three French assistant coaches, brought to Shanghai by the former Fulham boss, had been moved on as their methods were reportedly not working with the players.

Tigana has remained head coach, while Shenhua confirmed Anelka along with former Tottenham keeper Ian Walker as well as Jean-Florent Ikwange Ibenge, Alioune Kissima and former Birmingham City fitness coach Dan Harris have joined the club in coaching capacities.

The club's owner Zhu Jun told Shanghai based newspaper Xinmin Evening News: "The main reason for changing the assistant coaches is to strengthen the team's daily training."

An unnamed official for the club also added: "We fired the assistant coaches. Tigana is still the coach of the team. Anelka is now on the coaching team."

Shenhua are currently 11th in China's Super League, having claimed just five points from five games this term.

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