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Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005

Yokohama coach Okada hits jackpot

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) Yokohama F. Marinos coach Takeshi Okada, who entered the final year of a two-year contract, has agreed on an annual salary of 100 million yen, making him the richest Japanese coach in the J. League, team officials said Monday.

Okada guided the first-division side to its third consecutive stage victory and helped the club successfully defend its J. League title with a triumph in a dramatic penalty shootout against Urawa Reds in December.

"We think this is an appropriate amount for him," said Yokohama club president Shigeo Hidaritomo.

The terms of the deal were apparently on par with the performance of Okada, who will aim for victory in the AFC Champions League and the team's third straight J. League title.

Nagoya Grampus Eight 'keeper Seigo Narazaki, who has an annual salary of 100 million yen, is currently the highest paid Japanese player in the J. League.

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