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Hong Kong: Chan Yuen-ting has resigned as head coach of Hong Kong’s Eastern Sports Club, it has been announced.

Chan, whose Hong Kong Premier League title triumph with Eastern last year saw her become the first-ever female coach to have led a professional men’s team to a top-flight championship, is however expected to remain part of the club’s coaching staff.

"Chan Yuen-ting has resigned as head coach, but will remain on the club's coaching staff," an Eastern spokesman told Reuters.

"She will be studying for the next level of coaching badges with the Asian Football Confederation and will have to be out of Hong Kong a lot between June and December, so she decided she could not continue as head coach."

Chan – the current Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Coach of the Year – also guided Eastern through this season’s AFC Champions League Group Stage where they twice lost heavily to Chinese Super League giants Guangzhou Evergrande, before finishing bottom of Group G.

Szeto Man-chung, who previously worked as team manager, will replace Chan as head coach.

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