Some of top Brazilian clubs changing coaches
SAO PAULO (AP) — Some of Brazil’s top clubs will begin the 2015 season with new coaches.
Corinthians and Palmeiras signed new managers on Tuesday, a day after Vasco da Gama announced its new coach. Internacional, which finished third in this year’s Brazilian league, is one of the clubs without a coach for next year, along with recently relegated Botafogo.
Two-time league champion Cruzeiro and Brazilian Cup winner Atletico Mineiro are among the few first division clubs that won’t make coaching changes after a successful year in 2014. Sao Paulo, runner-up to Cruzeiro in the national championship, also is keeping its coach.
There were dozens of changes during this year’s Brazilian league, with many teams having four coaches during the tournament and last-place Criciuma having five.
Four-time Brazilian champion Cruzeiro is the only club not to make a change in the last two years, with Marcelo Oliveira still in charge since taking over at the beginning of the 2013 season.
Corinthians on Tuesday signed a three-year deal with Tite, who is returning two years after leading the team to FIFA’s club world title.
“It was important for me to have a chance to work in the long term,” Tite said. “It works well for everybody. This has to serve as an example to other clubs in Brazil.”
Corinthians had fired former Brazil coach Mano Menezes after a fourth-place campaign in the Brazilian league this year.
Palmeiras, an eight-time national champion which just escaped relegation this year, signed Oswaldo de Oliveira, who was without a team since being fired by Santos in September. Oliveira replaces Dorival Jr., who earned only one point in Palmeiras’ last six league matches. Dorival Jr. was Palmeiras’ third coach this season. The team had already fired Argentine manager Ricardo Gareca.
“I want to help Palmeiras return to its glory days,” said Oliveira, who now has coached all top four clubs in Sao Paulo and all top four clubs in Rio de Janeiro.
Botafogo, which was not able to escape relegation, fired Vagner Mancini and is reportedly close to signing veteran Rene Simoes, a former coach of the women’s national team.
Vasco da Gama, returning to the top flight after a stint in the second division, signed Doriva, who led minnow Ituano to the title of the Sao Paulo state championship this year.
Internacional remains without a coach after Abel Braga said he was not satisfied with the “team’s project going forward.” The club reportedly tried to sign Vanderlei Luxemburgo from Flamengo, but the former Brazil and Real Madrid manager said he will not leave the popular Rio club.
Internacional rival Gremio will keep former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, and Sao Paulo will keep Muricy Ramalho, who led the club to three straight national titles from 2006-08.
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