Friday, 14 September 2012

Luiz Felipe Scolari asked to leave by Palmeiras

Palmeiras have sacked former Chelsea, Brazil and Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. 

The final nail in the coffin for the coach was Wednesday night's 3-1 defeat to Vasco da Gama, the club's ninth defeat in their last 13 league matches and one that leaves them second-bottom of the Brazilian Campeonato with 20 points from 24 games. 

"We're all very sad and worried about the situation," Club's director-Sampaio told reporters after the game. 

Scolari, usually known as Felipao (Big Phil) said he had not contemplated losing his job after the match. 

"The idea of quitting has not crossed my mind," he said. "We have to sit down, chew it over and see what we can do differently." 

Luan headed in Tiago's cross to give Palmeiras the lead in 23rd minute, only for Carlos Tenorio to pull Vasco level with a close-range effort six minutes later. 

The first-half ended with jeers from a sparse Vasco crowd who also protested against club president Roberto Dinamite. 

Vasco, under interim coach Gaucho after Cristovao Borges was sacked earlier this week, went ahead six minutes after the break with a Nilson header. 
Former Olympique Lyon and Brazil midfielder Juninho Permanbucano added the third. 

Palmeiras dropped to 19th in the 20-team table with 20 points from 24 games, seven behind 16th-place Flamengo. The bottom four go down. 

A statement on the club's website read: 'After a meeting on Thursday afternoon between the president, director of football and technical committee of Palmeiras, it was mutually decided to terminate the contract between the coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and the club. Along with Scolari, assistant coach Flavio Murtosa also leaves the club.' 

The 63-year-old Scolari, who won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, returned for his second stint at Palmeiras in 2010. 

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