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Cerezo appoint Yoon as new manager

Kyodo

Cerezo Osaka appointed their former player Yoon Jong-hwan as the new manager on Monday, a day after winning promotion back to the J. League first division next season.

Cerezo, who finished the J2 season fourth this year before winning a four-way playoff to return to J1, announced the former Sagan Tosu manager will lead them in their first J1 season in three years with the departure of manager Kiyoshi Okuma also confirmed.

“I’m really happy and grateful to return to the club as manager,” South Korean Yoon said. “I’ll give my best to get an even better result next year.”

The 43-year-old, who played for Cerezo for three seasons from 2000, managed Tosu from 2011 and gained promotion with the side to J1 in his first year in charge. His contract was terminated in August 2014 over distrust between him and the players when they were sitting top of the league.

Cerezo also announced the departure of veteran striker Keiji Tamada, 36. The former Japan international, who scored in a 4-1 defeat to Brazil at the 2006 World Cup, joined Cerezo from Nagoya Grampus in 2015 and scored 10 goals in 33 J2 games that year. Tamada netted three times in 24 games this term.