Source: Sports Department of Jinan Times
On October 15, Li Xiaopeng formally resigned as the head coach of Shandong Luneng, and Hao Wei, assistant head coach and technical director, took over as head coach. This change will undoubtedly have a profound impact on the team at the beginning of the team's second phase of preparations.
As the best coach of the Chinese Super League for two consecutive years, Li Xiaopeng has been facing considerable criticism since the start of the new season. The four rounds of the cycle have culminated in the pressure on him. After leading the team to successfully end the first stage, Li Xiaopeng made this long-prepared choice. For him and the team, a new journey has arrived.
As early as the start of the new Super League season, Li Xiaopeng once talked about his feelings about the pressure of coaching: "In my words, this is a kind of torment, just like braising crucian carp soup. If you lose a game, you will lose it. You will be turned over and'fried' in one game. If you lose again, you will add water to the pot and start slurping (simmering). If you lose again, you will be'out of the pot'. This pressure is for every coach and every club. The same." At that time, Luneng performed amazingly in the first stage, and after the end of the 7th round, he scored with Evergrande and ranked second in the group.
However, the situation in the second stage suddenly changed. Faced with Dalian, Jiangsu Suning, Shanghai Shenhua and Guangzhou Evergrande, Luneng only got 1 point with 3 losses and 1 draw, which also caused it to lose the initiative to compete for the second place in the group. During this period, Li Xiaopeng was under tremendous pressure, and voices such as "improper use of people", "backward tactics" and "bad adjustment" have been hanging over the team.
The foreign aid issue is another reason Li Xiaopeng chose to resign. At the beginning of the Chinese Super League, he chose to sign up for Leonardo, and Xue Zang returned to the team the latest foreign aid Gerdes, this approach has been opposed by many fans. After the transfer window was opened again, Luneng, who wanted to reinforce, began to seek strong signings. Li Xiaopeng also announced the team's plans. However, the transfer market hit a wall so that Luneng's "fishing plan" came to an end. In this context, Li Xiaopeng chose to replace the injured Leonardo with Geddes.
Objectively speaking, the help to the team after the return of Guedes is very obvious. His running and breakthrough injected fresh blood into the team's attack line. Since then, Luneng also ended the trip to Dalian with four consecutive unbeaten performances. . However, this has also become a basis for many people to accuse Li Xiaopeng, such as "the Geddes team in the morning will not be like this" remarks were once rampant.
There is also the report letter sent to the Commission for Discipline Inspection, all of which piled up like straw until it crushed the best coach of the Super League for two consecutive years.
Physical condition is also a very important factor for Li Xiaopeng's resignation. It is understood that as early as during the Dalian game, his body was not very good. He had a high fever for a while, and he had scraped the chest and throat.
China Super League coach is endless. It is even more difficult to be a local China Super coach. During Li Xiaopeng's teaching, his family has been very unbearable to face such tremendous pressure, and their family members are also quite supportive of the choice of leaving.
There is a sea of life, thank you "Li". Since taking office at the end of 2017, Li Xiaopeng led his team to third in the 2018 Super League, fifth in the 2019 Super League, and runner-up in the 2018 and 2019 FA Cup. He himself won the best coach of the Super League for two consecutive seasons.
The past is not like smoke, but I can only recollect and bless Li Xiaopeng.