BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Former head coach of Henan Jianye Wang Baoshan has disclosed that his off-the-record complaints about the Chinese Super League (CSL) club's administration led to his sudden sacking ahead of the restart of the season.
One day after Wang told Chinese TV that he was looking forward to the upcoming start of the coronavirus-affected season, Henan Jianye announced on July 6 that the 57-year-old had resigned for personal reasons after less than two years in charge of the Zhengzhou-based side.
Both the Henan club and Wang then declined to specify what the "personal reasons" were.
Wang, who was appointed as Tianjin Teda head coach on August 19 to save the struggling Chinese top flight side, recently denied the rumors that he was sacked by Henan Jianye for some disparaging remarks about Henan football.
His complaints in private about the club's management were video-recorded and heard by the club hierarchy, he said.
"I said something over an alcoholic drink which at best amounted to complaints about the club's management. But there was no disrespect intended for the Henan football and fans," he said.
Wang said he did not expect that his talks over a private meal could be video-recorded without his approval.
The CSL 2020 campaign kicked off on July 25 and ended on November 12. Both Henan Jianye and Tianjin Teda fought off relegation. Enditem