Shanghai Shenhua manager Gus Poyet handed in his resignation after 4 straight defeats in the Chinese Super League (CSL).
The team dropped to 12th place following a 2-1 loss to Henan Jianye, and Poyet tendered his resignation after the match. It was the club’s 11th defeat in 23 matches this season.
“Mr. Poyet formally offered his resignation to Shanghai Shenhua today,” the club said in a statement.
“After considering the decision, the club has agreed to accept Mr Poyet’s resignation. From today, Mr Poyet will no longer be head coach of the club.”
Poyet didn’t spend up to a year at the club, having replaced Gregorio Manzano last November.
“It had been difficult and it was very, very strange,” Poyet said of the season prior to his decision to resign.
“So many things happened and unfortunately we couldn’t get the consistency that I was convinced we would get just before playing Brisbane, even though we didn’t start well.
“All of those things that happened didn’t let us play the strongest team or a consistent team. For example, in defence, after 10 games I had played seven different back fours. I don’t remember ever that happening anywhere.
“It’s not an excuse, it’s reality. I’m not complaining, it’s just been a difficult season.”