Shanghai (AFP) – Gus Poyet apologised and hinted he could quit after Shanghai Shenhua lost 3-0 at home in the Chinese Super League to leave the Uruguayan’s future as coach hanging in the balance.
Shenhua finished fourth in the league last year and invested heavily this season, bringing Carlos Tevez to China on a contract which made him one of the world’s best paid players.
But the Argentine striker has flopped, missing more than half of Shenhua’s CSL games with injury, and he was again absent as they were well beaten in front of their own fans by mid-table Guizhou Zhicheng on Wednesday.
Defeat left Shenhua 11th in the 16-team CSL and Poyet said “I have reached my limit”, as furious home fans called for him to be sacked.
“I’d like to say sorry to everyone, I don’t know what to say really,” Poyet told reporters afterwards, according to the Shanghai-based Oriental Sports Daily.
“As coach I shoulder responsibility for losing this game. I will not hide and I will face everyone.
“I’m proud of having this job but I’m not pleased that I have reached my limit.
“I don’t want to keep talking because it will be bad for me to say too much. I hope you won’t ask me and show some respect for me.”
Defeat was all the more embarrassing for Shenhua because Guizhou are managed by the Spaniard Gregorio Manzano — the man Poyet replaced at Shenhua.
Shenhua have won just one of their last five league and cup games to ramp up the pressure on the 49-year-old Poyet, whose managerial career has included two years in the Premier League with Sunderland in 2013-2015.
But Shenhua’s boss insisted Poyet’s job is safe.
“Every team loses games,” said chairman Wu Xiaohui. “Every year we have one or two situations like this. It’s very normal, it’s nothing.”
200+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
- Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
- Price: $35/mo. for Sling Blue
- Watch Premier League, World Cup & MLS
- Includes USA, NBC, FOX, FS1 + more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
- Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
- Price: $4.99/mo
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
- New Brentford book captures heart of club: Just a Bus Stop in Hounslow
- Spurs midfielder Lo Celso joins Villarreal on loan
- African players in Europe: Dream home debut for Awoniyi
- Where to find Juventus vs. Sassuolo on US TV
- Where to find Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace on US TV
- Famous clubs battle for Champions League group slots
- Alaba free-kick gives Real Madrid win to start title defence
- Roma squeeze past Salernitana, Immobile fires Lazio to Bologna win
- Chippa inflict first loss on Orlando Pirates’ new ‘plumber’ coach
- Alexis Sanchez makes Marseille debut in Brest draw