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Quique Sanchez Flores named Shanghai Shenhua coach

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Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua have appointed Quique Sanchez Flores as their new manager

The Spaniard has been out of work since leaving RCD Espanyol in April and had been in contention for the Egypt managerial role before Javier Aguirre’s appointment.

But now Shanghai Shenhua have announced that Flores will take charge, where they hope to improve on last season’s seventh-place finish in the league.

Joining the 53-year-old will be assistant coaches Antonio Diaz and Dean Austin as part of his backroom staff.

Former head coach Wu Jingui will remain at Shanghai Shenhua as a sporting director.

“[We] hope they will get familiar with the team as soon as possible through winter training, instil their football techniques and tactics in the players and help the young players in the team grow faster,” read a statement on the club website.

Flores also coached Watford in the Premier League for the 2015/16 campaign and led them to a 13th place finish and the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The Madrid-native has even had spells in charge of Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Valencia.

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