Updated: 06/05/2020 11: 57h
The Spanish coach Juanma Lillo who last year managed to ascend to Qingdao Huanghai to the First Division, has made his departure from the Chinese team official and everything seems to indicate that next season will be Pep Guardiola's second in Manchester City English. Guardiola and Lillo have had a good friendship for years and the coach from Toulouse was decisive for the former midfielder to accept playing in 2006 in Dorados de Sinaloa Mexican. Both share soccer approaches, as well as admiration for soccer referees such as Johan Cruyff. After his departure from Chinese soccer, he announces through a letter, Lillo points as Pep Guardiola's next assistant, a position that the Basque coach already held with Jorge Sampaloli in Seville . In his "farewell letter" from Qingdao Huanghai Lillo attributes the causes of his "separation of roads" to the "circumstances generated by the COVID-19 world crisis". He also thanks the owner Wang Zekai, the club workers and fans "for all your help in this time together." Lastly, coach Tolosa highlights that it has been "an honor to share such an important event for the club and for the city how was the promotion to the Super League. "