Chung takes over as technical manager at Hai Phong

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Mai Duc Chung, fired by V-League club Binh Duong, has been invited to work as the technical manager for rivals Hai Phong Cement.

Hai Phong management said on Wednesday that its owner Le Van Thanh had invited Chung to work for the club on Monday (April 12) the very day he received the decision to leave Binh Duong.

Chung will first work for the club till the end of the 2010 V-League season and is expected to help the club finish among the top three teams, the management said.

Chung's salary at Binh Duong was VND40 million per month and the contract with Hai Phong ensures him about VND50-60 million a month.

Chung used to be head of the football department of the General Department of Physical Training and Sports.

He helped Vietnam's women footballers win gold medals at two consecutive South East Asian Games in 2003 and 2005.

Then, he took the Vietnamese Under-23 male football squad to the third qualifying round for a berth at the 2008 Olympics in China.

Binh Duong, who won the V-League championship in 2007 and 2008, invited Chung to take over their reins in mid 2009.

He helped Binh Duong finish second in V-League that year and they also become the first Vietnamese football club to reach the semifinals of Asia's second-tier AFC Cup in 2009.

After eight rounds of V-League 2010, Binh Duong is currently in fourth place, five points adrift of top-placed Hanoi T&T.

Chung was fired by Binh Duong because the club said it was not happy with the present results.

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