Former Lyon coach Bruno Genesio has revealed that he was set to become Newcastle United boss in the summer as part of a proposed takeover.
The Dubai-based Bin Zayed Group were in lengthy discussions with Magpies owner Mike Ashley about purchasing the club, with the Frenchman their preferred choice of manager.
Speaking to beIN Sports France, Genesio said: "Everything went really quickly, because I was meant to sign with Newcastle, but the sale then fell through.
"I then decided to take some time off for myself, but towards the end of July, I received a phone call from my agents with an opportunity to go manage in China at Beijing Guoan.
"It just all went quickly. 48 hours later I was on a plane, and four days later I was on the touchline for my first game."
Newcastle have had a torrid start to the season, winning just one game in all competitions, while Guoan are currently second in the Chinese Super League with only five matches of the regular season remaining.body check tags ::