On October 5, Shandong Luneng officially announced that the team coach Li Xiaopeng will no longer serve as the head coach due to physical reasons. He was appointed Deputy General Manager and Technical Director of Luneng Club. Hao Wei became the new head coach.
Li Xiaopeng has been the head coach of Shandong Luneng since the end of 2017. He has led the team to the third place in the Chinese Super League and the second place in the FA Cup. He himself has also won the honor of the best coach in the Chinese Super League. In the first stage of the 2020 Chinese Super League that just ended, Li Xiaopeng led Shandong Luneng to third in Group A and broke into the championship group.
Luneng emphasized that the Luneng Club has always focused on strengthening local coach selection, club management talent training and youth training construction, and is determined to increase the training of Chinese football talents and contribute to the sustainable and healthy development of Chinese football.