HONG KONG — Guangzhou R&F have introduced the departure of Dragan Stojkovic from his position as head coach on the Chinese language Tremendous League membership by mutual consent on Friday.
Stojkovic spent four-and-a-half seasons in Guangzhou after changing Cosmin Contra halfway via the 2015 season, when he helped R&F keep away from relegation to China League One, the second tier of Chinese language soccer.
In his first full season, Stojkovic led the membership to a sixth place end and improved on that in 2017 when R&F completed fifth, simply lacking out on a spot within the Asian Champions League.
Nonetheless, R&F struggled over the past two seasons of Stojkovic’s tenure regardless of the purpose scoring exploits of Israeli ahead Eran Zahavi, who completed because the league’s prime marksman in 2019.
Zahavi set a brand new Chinese language Tremendous League document with 29 objectives in 28 video games final 12 months however R&F may solely end 12th, prompting the membership to hunt a alternative for the previous Yugoslavia worldwide midfielder.
Chinese language media experiences have linked former Barcelona and Arsenal defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst with the now vacant put up.
(Reporting by Michael Church, Enhancing by Shri Navaratnam)