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Vasco Still in Hunt for New Coach

Vasco da Gama directors are torn over who to hire as the club's new coach.

The São Januário outfit have been in the hunt for a new boss since Adilson Batista's resignation on Saturday following a humiliating 5-1 home defeat to Avai in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B.

Meetings were held both yesterday and today but so far no decision has been taken. Club directors are reportedly in favour of hiring former Fluminense coach Renato Gaúcho.

Renato was sacked by Flu earlier this year following a disappointing Campeonato Carioca campaign.

Meanwhile, Vasco president and former idol Roberto Dinamite wants to give the job to Joel Santana, with no decision being reached at the time of writing.

Further negotiations come in the wake of yesterday's developments, when initial favourite for the job, Enderson Moreira, joined Paulista outfit Santos until 2015.

Vasco's directors, Rodrigo Caetano, Ercolino de Luca and Dinamite have all been involved in the meetings.

The contract the club is willing to offer will only initially run until the end of this season – a period of just three months, something not particularly enticing to potential big name coaches. For the man who does eventually get the job, his brief will be simple; ensure Vasco are playing first division football in 2015.

The club currently sit fifth in the league, one point off a promotion place. On Saturday, they face a crunch game away to fourth placed América-MG.


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