BEIJING Feb 25 Four Chinese coaches are being
given a three-day grilling to see which one of them will be
handed the dubious honour of taking charge of the national
team, local media reported on Wednesday.
The four have been sent to a closed training base where
each will have give a 15-minute presentation and undergo a
three-hour written test on their knowledge of education,
management and sport, the Beijing News said.
Caretaker Yin Tiesheng, who took temporary charge last
December after China's early exit from 2010 World Cup
qualifying is one of the candidates.
"I am not very confident," said Yin, whose last two matches
in charge were a 3-2 loss to Syria and a 6-1 win over Vietnam
in Asian Cup qualifiers.
"I only hope I can present my knowledge of football and let
the commission decide. The fact I am here means I have some
chance," he told the paper.
Shen Xiangfu is considered the favourite by local media
despite his unsuccessful attempt to get China's under-23 team
through the 2004 Olympic qualifiers.
Gao Hongbo, who led Changchun to the national league title
in 2007, and former Shanghai coach Wu Jingui round out the
A commission of senior officials will score the candidates
on their presentation and examinations with the result to be
announced in mid-March, the paper said.
Previous national team coaches have had to endure savage
abuse as the nation of soccer enthusiasts took out their
frustrations over the repeated failure of the national team.
Serbian Vladimir Petrovic was the last full time coach but
his contract was not renewed after China was knocked out of
qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter last year criticised China for
hiring foreign coaches and then sacking them as soon as results
went against them.
(Reporting by Liu Zhen; Editing by Nick Mulvenney)