Felix Magath steps down as Shandong Luneng coach

Shandong Luneng have rejected the chance to offer coach Felix Magath a new deal, the Chinese Super League club announced on Friday.

He has been replaced as manager for Ziaopeng Li, who had been one of his assistants in the Luneng.

“The contract between Shandong Luneng Taishan Football Club and Mr Magath has expired and, after friendly discussions, the two sides have decided not to renew,” the club said in a statement issued on social media, as reported by Reuters.

“Since taking office in June 2016, Mr Magath has further enhanced the team’s will, the quality of training and the athletic performance through his hard work.

“Mr Magath’s professional attitude and dedication won the club’s respect and made him a fan favourite.

“We sincerely thank him for his hard work and wish Mr Magath the best for the future.”

Magath becomes the latest high-profile foreign manager to leave Chinese football, along with Andre Villas-Boas and Luiz Felipe Scolari.