Ex Everton man in charge at China

The 42-year-old former Everton man Li Tie currently managing CSL side Wuhan Zall is set to take charge of China for their EAFF matches in December. The news comes despite assurances that Lippi is still number one for China. 

China B and plan B 

At the end of the week, the CFA announced their squad list for the up and coming East Asian Championship. This was a team that in short was China B, at first this is a bit of surprise as it looks like China will not be taking these matches too seriously.

Then in a move to show just more disrespect to the competition, it was announced that Lippi will not take China for these matches but instead Li Tie will be in charge. 

The news broke at the end of the week around the Chinese football world with fans and the media shocked. Many in the country questioned Lippi's desire for the role especially as one of the highest-paid coaches in the world.

You then wonder how Lippi can get away with such a decision and also you might question the squad choices.

Meanwhile, they can be reasons for this I can not see any of them being good enough. Here might be the thinking though behind the China B side and the second man in charge.

The tournament takes place in December after a busy season in the CSL and just after important World Cup qualifiers. As with China 'A' playing away in Syria in a few weeks it seems the CFA then want to give the players rest at the end of the season.

On the face of this, it looks like China have felt they had to pick one to prioritise and clearly feel that Lippi can't handle it all.

China choice to pick a B team is they may also be looking to follow suit with Japan and South Korea. This is down to the fact that both those countries only pick domestic players for the EAFF Cup as December is a busy month for European based players.

That being said the competition is always taking seriously and is a great chance for domestic players to impress and force their way into the team for bigger matches ahead.

It could be this is China's thinking behind the second coach and a B team is that these players can dazzle enough to get a match in bigger games.

Then in Li Tie, they have a young coach looking to improve in the game and this is a great chance for him to prove himself. Li Tie himself is starting to make a name for himself in the CSL and his side have put on many great displays this season against bigger sides such as by defeating China's feeder side Guangzhou Evergrande away from home in September. 

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