Cannavaro expects to stay after 'miracle'

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 4 Dec 2019

Fabio Cannavaro said taking Guangzhou Evergrande to the Chinese Super League title was "a miracle" and gave the strongest indication yet that he expects to keep his job.

The 46-year-old Italian World Cup winner was temporarily moved aside as coach in October but returned to lead China's most successful football club to the championship on Sunday.

It was the former Juventus and Real Madrid defender's first major honor as a coach. It was also a personal triumph after a turbulent few weeks during which he appeared to be on the brink of the sack.

"I know that many names have been mentioned as a replacement for me, including Jose Mourinho, Zinedine Zidane and [former Guangzhou coach ]Felipe Scolari," Cannavaro told the Guangzhou Daily newspaper, referring to recent rumors.

"For a team of Evergrande's level, fans hope to have the top coaches and the coach will definitely face various pressures.

"I'm definitely not a perfect coach and it's impossible to make everyone satisfied."

Guangzhou were still top of the league in late October but a poor run led them to briefly push Cannavaro aside and put captain Zheng Zhi in charge. Cannavaro made a surprise return at the start of November but only after club had scolded him for his "weak ability to rectify mistakes."

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