China turn to Yin

China PR have named Yin Tiesheng as their interim coach. The 52-year-old will now lead them through a pair of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

Yin has a wealth of experience in the country's domestic league. He temporarily takes over the position vacated by Serbian Vladimir Petrovic, who stepped down after China were eliminated from 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ contention in June.

"The time is not ripe for finding a new (long-term) national coach. There is not enough time," read an announcement on the Chinese Football Association's official website.

"Considering the two imminent Asian Cup qualifiers next January, it has been decided to appoint a caretaker coach for the matches."

China kick off their Asian Cup qualifying campaign on 14 January, with a match against Syria, followed a week later by a meeting with Vietnam. The statement said a permanent coach would be appointed after these games.