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Monday, 24 February 2014 09:15

Jesualdo Ferreira and Braga part ways

Poor results spell the end of the road for experienced coach

JesualdoFerreira181105.jpgJesualdo Ferreira is no longer Braga's coach. Speculation had been rife that the veteran coach would be leaving the Quarry from the moment the final whistle blew on Braga's 2-2 draw against Arouca on Saturday evening. Last night came the official confirmation that an amicable agreement to terminate the contracts of the entire coaching team had been reached.

The much respected Ferreira is the only national coach to lead a Portuguese team to three successive titles, doing so at FC Porto 2006-2009. He further enhanced his reputation last season when he stepped in at Sporting in the midst of a chaotic situation and brought some stability to the club. Many were surprised when he was not kept on as head coach at the Alvalade.

Braga moved quickly to bring back Ferreira, who many consider the architect of the Arsenalistas' rise to prominence in Portuguese football over the past decade during a successful first spell at the northern club, and optimism was high ahead of the 2013/14 kick-off.

But a shock early exit from European competition against little known Romanian outfit Pandurii set the tone for what has been a hugely disappointing season. The Arsenalistas are currently seventh in the standings, having earned just 27 points from their 20 Liga games.

A statement on the club's official website yesterday read:
"Braga has reached an agreement for the amicable termination of the contract of coach Jesualdo Ferreira and assistant coaches Nuno Almeida, Rui Almeida and Sérgio Vieira.

Braga expresses its gratitude for the contribution made by Jesualdo Ferreira to the club, and wishes him every success in his future career."

Comments (1)
Much respect
1 Tuesday, 25 February 2014 00:49
Sad to see "o Professor" heading out of Braga. He's a gentleman and one of the better developers of young talent in our Liga. In fact, Jardim has Jesualdo to thank for the William Carvalho's, Dier's, Adrien's and Mane's on the team.

Much respect to Mr. Ferreira. I really thought he would have fared better with the Arsenalistas this year, but sometimes teams and coaches just don't gel like you think they will.

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