Sao Paulo - Former Bafana Bafana coach Joel Santana has been sacked by Brazilian side Bahia after just five weeks in the job after his team lost 7-3 to
their arch-rivals Vitoria.
"The coach understands that in the
current climate, it was not possible for him to continue leading the
team," said the Salvador-based club in a statement on their website.
It added that Santana left by "mutual
Following Sunday's defeat, around 50 supporters invaded
the club's training headquarters where the players spend the night
before games. Media reports said they were persuaded to leave by the
police before the players returned from the game to collect their cars.
Santana refused to give a news conference after the match, saying only: "I need to go home. I have nothing to say."
for his clipboard and broken English, Santa replaced Jorginho who quit
in early April after their previous match against Vitoria ended in a 5-1
defeat. It was Santana's fourth stint at the club.
for much of his career, his career took an unexpected twist when he was
named coach of 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa, only to be fired eight
months before the tournament and replaced by Carlos Alberto Parreira.
that time, Santana became known for his failed attempts to master
English which sprouted a television commercial in which he starred, in
his native Brazil.
The Brazilian championship starts at the end of
May, yet six of the 20 teams have already changed coaches in the state
championships which open the marathon season.
Bahia and Nautico lead the way with two changes each, followed by Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Portuguesa and Cricuma.