Palmeiras close to an agreement with 2013 Libertadores winning coach Cuca
Following the dismissal of coach Marcelo Oliveira, Palmeiras can announce the appointment of Cuca even before the derby against São Paulo on Sunday, at the Pacaembu.
Even if an agreement is reached, interim coach Alberto Valentim will lead the team this weekend, but the board do not want to delay the appointment of their new manager. Estadão talked to people connected to the board and the fact is that, Cuca is not only the plan-A, but also the only coach in the club's plans. Therefore, an agreement is expected to be reached very soon. Cuca, who has repeatedly stated his desire to coach Palmeiras, rejected a proposal from Fluminense recently, with an eye on Marcelo Oliveira's situation.
Globo Esporte reports that Cuca has been discussing terms with the board since the morning of Thursday. Optimism about a positive outcome has increased within the club, and the expectation is that an official announcement can be made on Friday. Club president Paulo Nobre said: "Cuca? If a deal is reached, then it didn't pass through me. I was here in Rio de Janeiro all day. Alexandre Mattos [director of football] was taking care of this issue and now I will check with him."