Zinho steps down from Flamengo role
Flamengo director Zinho has stepped down from his director role at the club, citing a loss of power under the club's new president.
Zinho, who returned to the club last year under the previous directorate, had been considering a new role offered to him over the past couple of weeks, but has chosen to walk away.
“I prefer not to stay in the role, because I would not have had a pen to sign with. I wouldn't have the last word. I would not continue to have the same role that I had this year,” Zinho told Lancenet.
“For me to continue, I would need the same position and at least the same salary. The financial part was not the main reason, but I can say that my professionalism spoke louder than my love for Flamengo. It will take time for this new board to succeed and I don't want to pay the price at the start.”
New Flamengo president Eduardo Bandeira de Melo has already introduced former Grêmio director Paulo Pelaipe into a similar sporting director role, which Zinho blames for his ultimate downfall.
“I joked with Paulo Pelaipe, saying he had demoted me—and it really happened! His arrival weakened me greatly because I would not have decision making power in the club anymore.”