SAO PAULO: Sao Paulo has sacked former Argentina striker Hernan Crespo from his coaching post following a string of poor results, the Brazilian club announced on Wednesday.
Crespo, 46, took the reins from Sao Paulo in February with great fanfare, just three weeks after leading Argentina’s modest team Defensa y Justicia to the Copa Sudamericana title.
The decision to separate “was taken by mutual agreement following a conversation between the coach and the ‘Tricolore’ board of directors,” the club said in a statement.
Crespo got off to a positive start in Brazil, leading Sao Paulo to its statehood in May, ending a nine-year drought.
The former AC Milan and Chelsea striker played an attacking style but things took a turn for the worse at the start of the Brazilian league this season, as his side lost from the Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the Champions League, in the quarter-finals.
Crespo also had to deal with the sudden departure of veteran full-back Dani Alves in September due to a dispute with the club over unpaid wages.
Sao Paulo have drawn in their last five games and sit 13th in the 20-team league.
They are just three points above the relegation zone with 14 games to go.
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