São Paulo can sack coach Ricardo Gomes if they lose to Fluminense
Ricardo Gomes was appointed at São Paulo two months ago, after the departure of Edgardo Bauza.
Ricardo Gomes came close to being fired from São Paulo on Friday. According to the information from Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola, several officers and directors pressured club president Leco throughout the day, to dismiss Ricardo Gomes because of the team's poor results. São Paulo are winless in their last five Brasileirão games and just a point separate them from the relegation zone. Leco has ensured that a defeat to Fluminense on Monday in Rio de Janeiro will determine the departure of Ricardo Gomes. With seven rounds remaining in the Brazilian Championship, Gomes has three wins, four draws and five defeats in two months.
Leco also have some plans in mind in relation to the successor of Ricardo Gomes. Former Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo was offered, but his name has been discarded. Ponte Preta's Eduardo Baptista appeals to many within the club, but he could only take over in 2017. So, the favorite is Roger Machado, who's been unemployed since a month, after resigning from Grêmio and announcing that he would use the rest of the season to study. Although he refuses to admit it, Leco has asked one of his aides to make an enquiry for Roger Machado. If São Paulo dismiss Ricardo Gomes and cannot find a new coach, then André Jardine can take charge on an interim basis until December. Currently, he leads the U20 team of São Paulo. Rogério Ceni, who retired in December last year, is in the sights of the club's board, but only for 2017. The former goalkeeper has participated in courses abroad to start his coaching career next year.