Giovanni van Bronckhorst stops as trainer of Guangzhou R&F.

The former Feyenoord coach has submitted his resignation to the Chinese club, his agent Guido Albers confirms.

"He wants to spend more time with his family," says Albers.

"Due to the strict corona rules, he hasn't seen his family since the beginning of March. It was a great adventure in a new competition, but now it's enough."

Van Bronckhorst was appointed at Guangzhou R&F in January, but due to the corona crisis, the club only played its first game under his leadership in July.

The Van Bronckhorst contract in Guangzhou, a city of millions in southwest China, continued for another year.

Jean-Paul van Gastel, video analyst Yöri Bosschaart and conditioning coach Arno Philips also leave the club, which finished eleventh in the Chinese Super League, which consists of sixteen clubs this autumn.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst in April on the training ground of Guangzhou R&F.

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Cup match is Van Bronckhorst's last game in China

Wednesday night's cup match against Shandong Luneng was the last match of Guangzhou R&F led by the Dutch trainers.

Partly due to a goal by Richairo Zivkovic, Van Bronckhorst's team came back from a 2-0 deficit to 2-2, but then Shandong Luneng was better in the penalty shootout (5-4).

Graziano Pellè was in the base at Shandong Luneng.

Guangzhou R&F was Van Bronckhorst's second club.

He was ultimately responsible at Feyenoord from 2015 to 2019, with which he took the national title in 2017 and won two KNVB cups (2016 and 2018).