Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Portugal

Franky Vercauteren © Action Images

Sporting replace Vercauteren with Ferreira



Troubled club Sporting sacked Belgian coach Franky Vercauteren on Monday and put experienced Jesualdo Ferreira in charge following a 1-0 home defeat to Pacos de Ferreira that left the Portuguese Premier League club one point away from the relegation zone.

"Vercauteren is no longer the coach of the main team. Jesualdo Ferreira will accumulate the roles of manager and head coach of Sporting's first team," the club told the Portuguese stock market regulator's website (www.cmvm.pt).

One of Portugal's 'Big Three', alongside Lisbon neighbours Benfica and the domineering Porto, Sporting are going through an acute crisis.

Ferreira, 66, won three championships as coach of Sporting's northern rivals Porto before spells at Spanish side Malaga and Panathinaikos in Greece.

Vercauteren, who had taken over at Sporting just three months ago, was unable to turn around a disgruntled Sporting side who endured their worst league start ever and languish 12th in the league, with only two wins in 13 matches.

Sporting have failed to win the league title since 2002 and have finished 16, 28 and 36 points behind the champions in the past three seasons.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Neil Tovey
The measure of Mashamaite
I attended the Kaizer Chiefs Awards and witnessed Tefu Mashamaite hand over his Player of the...

Segun Odegbami
Three headaches for Juventus
An estimated 400 million audience around the world are glued to their television sets. I am sitting...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref assault should be condemned by all
The assault on a referee in Saudi Arabia recently should be condemned by all.

Carol Radull
I'm not surprised Arsenal stumbled
Why am I not surprised that Arsenal has stumbled at the final hurdle, or close to the final hurdle?

Sunday Oliseh
Why Pep’s move could fire up the EPL
It’s the talk, speculation and rumour of the moment that, if true, could impact the English Premier...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The best team always wins the league
One of the ironies of life is that the first time I heard the chant of “boring, boring”, it was...