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Former Boro left-back Branco has resigned as manager of Guarani

Former Fluminense, Middlesbrough and Brazil national team left-back Branco has been sacked as Guarani manager, following a bad run.

Branco had been hired in January, but failed to improve Guarani's results. He won only two games, drew 3 and lost 8 times.

The former left-back was part of Brazil's squad that won the 1994 World Cup, he feels resigning was the best decision for Guarani, he said after the 0-3 defeat against Atlético Sorocaba on Sunday: "It's a shame, but my work ends here".

Branco added: "I believe that right now, this is the best for Guarani, the fans don't deserve what is happening. I joined the club with the best intentions, and I wanted to stay a long time, but I'm consistent and realistic. I tried to do my best and I failed".

The Bugre are now on the verge of relegation to São Paulo's State Championship second division, need to win their last 3 games in order to stay up.

Branco feels Guarani can recover, he said: "Guarani are big, really big, and will bounce back. The people running the club are capable of doing that. It's hard but it's possible. There are 3 games left, and Guarani still have chances, they have to fight until the end".

Silas' brother Paulo Pereira has been appointed as caretaker manager of Guarani for the rest of the São Paulo league.

Source: Globo Esporte


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