Former Rangers star Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been named manager of Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F, according to Sky Sports.
The 44-year-old, who won five major trophies during a three-year stint with the Gers between 1998 and 2001, had been working with the Manchester City group and had been tipped as Pep Guardiola’s future successor [Mirror].
But it seems he’s scrapped that idea, following in the footsteps of Rafa Benitez by moving to Asia.
Van Bronckhorst is highly thought of as a coach following a successful first role with Feyenoord. During a four-year stint with the Dutch club, he secured two KNVB Cups and a league title, with his team playing an attractive brand of football throughout.
This is a bizarre career move for GVB, who few would have expected to choose what is likely a big-money move to China over waiting to become head coach of a high-profile European club.
Guangzhou R&F finished 12th in last season’s Super League and are clearly looking to move up the table with what, from their point of view at least, is an ambitious appointment.
The club’s playing staff largely consists of local players, with Belgium international and former Tottenham midfielder Moussa Dembele, the main overseas star.