Corinthians sack Oswaldo de Oliveira
Oswaldo de Oliveira is no longer the coach of Corinthians; he was fired on Thursday after a meeting of the club's board of directors.
The reasons were explained by president Roberto de Andrade at a press conference on Thursday afternoon. The idea of the leader was to keep him in the office, but he was being heavily pressured by counselors to reshape the football department. Guto Ferreira, of Bahia, is the most quoted name to replace Oswaldo de Oliveira at Corinthians. The name of former Real Madrid manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo also appears among the favorites in the club, but Roberto de Andrade declined to comment on the speculated names. The meeting took place this morning at Parque São Jorge, without the participation of Oswaldo. On Wednesday, the coach had interrupted his vacation in Rio de Janeiro to attend a lunch with the board of directors in a restaurant in São Paulo. In addition to Oswaldo, Roberto de Andrade, football director Flávio Adauto and manager Alessandro Nunes were present. Even with an uncertain future, Oswaldo was being heard about new arrivals and indicated some names, like midfielder Rithely from Sport, with whom Corinthians have advanced in negotiations. In the coming days, the board of directors will redefine its planning for 2017.
Oswaldo's second spell with Corinthians has ended after just nine games in charge: two wins, four draws and three defeats. Corinthians were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Copa do Brasil by Cruzeiro, and finished the Brasileirão in seventh place.