‘Beef Ball’ Yuen Ting quits

New Straits Times - - Sport -

HONG KONG: Pioneering fe­male coach Chan Yuen Ting has stepped down a year after mak­ing history as the first woman to lead a team to a men’s top flight league ti­tle.

The trail­blaz­ing Yuen Ting, nick­named “Beef Ball” for her tough­ness, coached Eastern Sports Club to win Hong Kong’s Pre­mier League last April for the first time in 21 years and led them into this sea­son’s Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (AFC) Cham­pi­ons League.

The 28-year-old an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion on Satur­day after the fi­nal game of a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son in which Eastern failed to add to their sil­ver­ware and man­aged only one point in the Cham­pi­ons League group stages.

Eastern were out­classed in their con­ti­nen­tal cam­paign, scor­ing just one goal and con­ced­ing 24 in six group matches, in­clud­ing a 7-0 de­feat at Chi­nese giants Guangzhou Ever­grande.

An emo­tional Yuen Ting, who ap­peared close to tears, said she “must take re­spon­si­bil­ity” for fail­ing to add any tro­phies this sea­son and los­ing out in the ti­tle race to ri­vals Kitchee SC, ac­cord­ing to the South China Morn­ing

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Yuen Ting earned the AFC coach of the year award in her de­but sea­son in charge last year and a place in Guin­ness World Record as the first woman coach to win a men’s cham­pi­onship in a top-flight foot­ball league.

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