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Monday, 20 December 2010 19:17

Official: Jorge Costa steps down

Portuguese tactician only five months in charge

jorgecosta_pensive.jpgIn a shock move, Jorge Cota has stepped down as head coach of Coimbra club Academica. The former Olhanense boss handed in his resignation after the team's heavy 5-0 defeat at the hands of Sporting Braga last Friday.

The Braga loss, plus the 5-1 thrashing suffered against Maritimo the round before, appear to have been the last straw for the 39-year-old, although early reports indicate that the budding coach is trying to deal with personal issues.

After the match against Braga, Costa was quoted as saying that he was happy the winter break came when it did in order for "the team to clean its image."

Everything pointed towards Costa being determined to re-position the team's table position after a promising start to the season (11 points in the first 6 matches).

But now Academica will spend the winter break looking for a new bench boss before the team resumes their domestic campaign on January 9th against Pacos de Ferreira.

by Marco Pereira

Comments (2)
Agree too early
2 Tuesday, 21 December 2010 00:19
It might of been a heavy defeat but he's a leaving a club with more problems. There is a still a chance for Academica to qualify for Europe.
Too soon
1 Monday, 20 December 2010 19:58
This team was on such as high at the start of the season. I understand that these loses are bad but at the same time the team is still in the running for the 3rd CL spot and the EL spots. It is obvious that some changes were needed to ensure they stay in the running, I’m just didn’t think that it would have been the coach.

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