Players defend Sao Paulo's coach over poor results

07:58, July 23, 2010      

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Unable to win in three consecutive matches, head coach Ricardo Gomes of Sao Paulo ran into a wall of criticism on Thursday.

The coach received Gremio Prudente yesterday, tying 1-1 in the 10th round of the Brazilian Championship and lost their previous two matches since the tournament resumed action after the World Cup in South Africa came to an end.

In reaction to the rumors that Gomes is close to being fired, players demonstrated their support for Gomes and assumed responsibility for the recent drop in production.

"The players are responsible for what happens on the field and the results of such. We are the ones who play, run and fight. The coach relays what we need to do and it is our responsibility to execute what he wants," said Sao Paulo's fullback Miranda.

"The recent poor results are not merely placing the coach in question. It affects the whole organization; players, coaches, everyone. The responsibility lies with Ricardo just as much as it does with Miranda, Alex, Rodrigo Souto, Washington, Fernandao, Dagoberto.. We don't have the most talented team in the tournament, but we are definitely capable of producing better results," said the team captain and star goalkeeper, Rogerio Ceni.

The Sao Paulo administration met after Sao Paulo's disappointing draw at home to discuss Gomes' future. Many directors would like to make a coaching change and have even suggested names like Dunga, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, AC Milan's former coach Leonardo and Silas. However, Gomes has led the team to the semifinals of the 2010 Libertadores Cup where they will face Internacional.

The first leg of the series begins on July 28 at Internacional. Both players and directors alike agree that it would be a mistake to change coaches days before the semifinals of the Libertadores Cup.

As for now, Gomes remains in command of Sao Paulo. He is on thin-ice and under pressure to win. He will have one more match before facing Internacional. On July 25, the team will travel to play Santos in the 11th round of the Libertadores Cup.

Source: Xinhua


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