26 Feb '11, 3pm

#Sporting #Portugal #Soccer Football Sporting Lisbon sack coach - via @AddThis

#Sporting #Portugal #Soccer Football Sporting Lisbon sack coach - via @AddThis

LISBON: Struggling Portuguese football giants Sporting Lisbon sacked coach Paulo Sergio on Saturday after a series of poor results and replaced him with Jose Couceiro till the end of the season. Sporting are currently third in the title race, 23 points adrift of leaders Porto and 15 behind bitter city rivals Benfica and the last straw came on Thursday when the 18-time domestic champions were knocked out of the Europa League by Scottish champions Rangers. "Sporting have reached agreement with coach Paulo Sergio to terminate his contract," read a club statement. The Sporting board said that it had had no option but to act. "The board acknowledges the commitment and competence of Paulo Sergio...but in light of poor results, it was imperative that we do something," said board member Felipe Nobre Guedes. Sergio, who last April signed a two-year contract, said he was saddened to...

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