Rogerio Ceni returns to Sao Paulo as manager

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) – Former goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni was appointed Sao Paulo coach for the second time on Wednesday, just hours after Hernan Crespo left.

Ceni have accepted a contract which runs until December 2022 and will be in dugout for Sao Paulo’s home match against Ceara in Brazilian Serie A on Thursday, “the club said on Twitter.

The announcement came less than three hours after Sao Paulo announced that Crespo had left by mutual agreement amid a string of poor results.

The former Inter Milan, AC Milan and Chelsea forward joined Sao Paulo on a two-year contract in February after leading Argentina Defensa y Justicia to the Copa Sudamericana title, their first international trophy .

Ceni’s last managerial role was with Flamengo, with whom he split in July, six months after leading the Rio de Janeiro side to their second straight Serie A title.

The 48-year-old also led Sao Paulo in 2017, when he led the club to 14 wins, 11 draws and 10 losses before being sacked.

Sao Paulo, six-time Serie A champion, is currently 13th in the top 20 team table with 30 points in 25 games.

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