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Sao Paulo sack coach Gomes

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Rio de Janeiro, Nov 24 (IANS) Sao Paulo have sacked coach Ricardo Gomes after a poor run, the Brazilian football club has said.

The announcement followed their 0-2 defeat in Brazilian Serie A on Sunday, a result that left the six-time Brazilian Serie A champions 13th in the 20-team league standings. Gomes's assistant, Luiz Otavio, also left the club, reports Xinhua.

"We thank them for their work," Sao Paulo football director Marco Cunha told a news conference on Wednesday. "We are going to start new plans looking towards 2017."

Gomes, 51, led Sao Paulo to six wins, five draws and seven losses after replacing Edgardo Bauza in August.

Assistant coach Luis Preto, known as Pintado, will take charge for the last two matches of the season, Cunha said.

Former Sao Paulo goalkeeper and club legend Rogerio Ceni has been touted as a possible candidate to fill the coaching role on a permanent basis next season.

--IANS

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