By Bridget O’Donnell
Jean Tigana: is he or isn’t he Shenhua’s head coach?
The Shanghai Shenhua coaching drama took another turn yesterday, as former(?) head coach Jean Tigana denied media reports that he had resigned from the organization over the weekend.
When asked by the AFP over a phone interview whether he had quit, Tigana simply said, “That’s wrong.” But when asked if he was still at the club, his only response was, “I have nothing to declare.”
Shenhua told Shanghai Daily over the weekend that Tigana had officially resigned. And after the coach left Hongkou Stadium just before game time on Friday, Australian forward Joel Griffiths told media that Tigana was indeed no longer with the team.
Sounds to us like somebody might have gotten the axe after all.
Meanwhile, player-coach Nicolas Anelka, who moved into his new role after last week’s coaching staff reshuffle, told media outlets yesterday that he hopes to bring former Chelsea teammate Didier Drogba onboard. Shenhua has been trying to lure Drogba over for ages, even going so far as to keep his number warm for him.
Anelka also expressed interest in signing Selim Benachour Maritimo.