July 30, 2019 / 3:28 AM / a month ago

Donadoni replaces Lopez Caro at Shenzhen helm

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Bologna vs Lazio - Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna, Italy - October 25, 2017 Bologna coach Roberto Donadoni REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Former Italy head coach Roberto Donadoni has been appointed the new head coach of Shenzhen FC, the Chinese Super League club announced on Tuesday.

The 55-year-old replaces Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, who led the team to promotion last season from the second division.

However, with Shenzhen dropping into the relegation zone, the Spaniard was relieved of his post.

Shenzhen slipped to 15th place in the 16-team standings on Sunday following a 2-0 loss at the hands of Jiangsu Suning as the team extended their winless streak to 12 games, their last victory coming on May 5 against Shanghai Shenhua.

The bottom two clubs at the end of the 30-game season will be relegated to China League One.

Reporting by Michael Church, Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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