Just over five months after his appointment, Jorge Sampaoli was sacked by Flamengo. The lack of results in the first Brazilian club was fatal for the Argentine. He still has a contract until the end of 2024. Brazilian media reported that former national coach Tite is one of the main candidates to succeed Sampaoli.
Sampaoli’s dismissal comes four days after his team failed to continue winning the Brazilian Cup. In a double meeting with Sao Paulo, the Rio de Janeiro team did not exceed a 1-1 draw last Sunday in Sao Paulo, then lost 1-0 a week ago at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio.
A few weeks ago, Flamengo was eliminated from the eighth round of the Copa Libertadores Championship, the most important cup in South America, which Flamengo succeeded in winning last year. Paraguayan club Olimpia Intermediate surprised the cup holder by defeating its guest 3-1 after losing 1-0 in the first match.
The national title is also out of sight. Fourteen rounds before the end, Flamengo fell to seventh place in the classification under the leadership of the former coach of the Argentine national team, Chile, Olympique Marseille and Seville, 11 points behind the leaders and their city rival Botafogo.
Sampaoli signed a contract in mid-April until the end of next year. Since then, he has managed Flamengo in 39 matches, creating 39 different lineups. He achieved 20 victories, 8 defeats and 11 draws. Flamengo must pay him a lump sum of around 1.8 million euros.
Brazilian media reported that former Brazilian national team coach Tite is one of the main candidates to succeed Sampaoli. He bid farewell to the national team at the end of last year after losing to Croatia in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar, and announced on the sidelines of the World Cup that he did not want to coach a Brazilian club this year and preferred that. Work abroad.
However, Tite “accidentally” arrived in Rio de Janeiro last Tuesday evening. He is said to have already negotiated a contract with Flamengo on Wednesday. He is also said to have had dinner with the club management that day. According to Brazilian media, American club Orlando City is also interested in the former national coach.
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