Marcelo Fernandes named as new Santos Head CoachFans of Santos cheer before the Campeonato Paulista final against Guarani at Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo on 13th May, 2012
Marcelo Fernandes has been named as the new Head Coach of Santos.
The 43 year-old had been temporarily filling the role since 5th March, following the dismissal of the previous incumbent, Enderson Moreira.
Fernandes, a former defender, spent a large portion of his playing career [1992-1998] with Santos and had been an Assistant Coach since 2011.
Given his ties with the club, he was always going to be a popular appointment and for President Modesto Roma Júnior, Fernandes was an obvious choice.
"Everybody clamoured for it and we have to listen to what the fans, the players and the board says,” he said in a statement on the club's official website, as reported by The Statesman.
Amongst those who support Fernandes’ promotion to Head Coach is Pelé. The Santástico legend, who won 26 major honours with the club, believes Fernandes can carry Santos forward.
"I like the decision. He is one of us and he represents a new generation,” he stated.
Fernandes takes charge of a Santos side that are currently top of the Campeonato Paulista - Série A1. The Peixe are unbeaten after nine rounds and sit ten points clear of XV de Piracicaba at the top of Group D. In the General table, they are also top - a point ahead of Corinthians.