Benfica part ways with coach Jorge Jesus | Football news

LISBON: Portuguese club Benfica have sacked coach Jorge Jesus amid a string of poor results and a reported break with some of the squad’s best players, the club said on Tuesday.
Benfica said the club had reached an agreement with Jesus “to terminate his contract with immediate effect”, adding that reserve coach Nelson Verissimo would take over until the end of the season.
The Lisbon-based club have advanced to the knockout stages of the Champions League, alongside Bayern Munich and at the expense of Barcelona, ​​but have since had a string of poor results at home this month.
They are third in the standings four points behind reigning champions Sporting Lisbon and their big rivals Porto, the latter, though down to 10 men, also knocked them out of the Portuguese Cup last Friday.
The club have also had to dismiss rumors that Jesus would agree to return to former Brazilian club Flamengo.
Jesus first coached Benfica between 2009 and 2015, winning three league titles and reaching two Europa League finals, before leaving the club to join Sporting Lisbon.
After a stint with the Saudi team of Al Hilal, he has enjoyed great success at the helm of Flamengo, winning five trophies in just over a year 2019-2020 – the Copa Libertadores, the Championship and the Super Cup. of Brazil, the South American Super Cup and the Rio. Janeiro State Championship.
The 67-year-old left the Rio club to return to Benfica in July 2020, explaining that he wanted to return to Portugal as Brazil was in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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