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Friday, October 19, 2001
Two more Brazilian clubs change coach

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Two more clubs have changed coach in the Brazilian championship, bringing the number of changes to 21 since the 28-team competition began at the start of August.

Helio dos Anjos walked out on defending champions Vasco da Gama on Thursday after exactly two months in charge to join provincial club Goias, who he said had produced a better offer.

Goias in turn sacked Lori Sandri after a poor run of results, to keep up the championship's average of just under two coaching changes a week.

'Vasco are in a difficult situation and I don't want my family to suffer,' said dos Anjos after arriving at his new job.

Vasco president Eurico Miranda said that Paulo Cesar Gusmao, who coaches goalkeepers at the club, would take charge of the first team for the rest of the tournament -- but then said he might change his mind.

'There's no point in brining in an outsider at this stage,' said Miranda. 'But if the team doesn't do well, I may have a re- think.'

Gusmao became Vasco's third coach in the championship, the club having begun with Joel Santana, who resigned after only three games.

Dos Anjos, who himself started out with Guarani before abandoning ship to join Vasco, meanwhile took charge at his third team of the tournament.

The whole merry-go-round is dubbed 'the dance of the coaches' in Brazil, where few trainers last more than a few weeks at any given club.

Cruzeiro are also onto their third coach while another bizarre sequence of events saw Ivo Wortman begin the championship at Coritiba, move to Cruzeiro and then back to Coritiba all within ten weeks.

Ex-Goias coach Sandri was the least happy with the latest turn of events.

'That's football for you,' he said. 'When you think that everything is going well, it means that something is very wrong indeed.'

 


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