Caio Júnior shown door by Flamengo
(updated 11 dec) Failing to secure a Libertadores place for 2009 has cost Caio Júnior his job with Flamengo.
The coach still had a year to run on his contract but has apparently left the club by mutual consent.
Pressure had come from a large contingent of Fla fans unhappy with the coach and in particular some of the decisions he made when it came to substitutions.
Júnior arrived at the Rio side on May 8th 2008 as a replacement for Joel Santana who had left to manage South Africa.
Fla got off to a good start in the league and were top for nine rounds (not including round one). But the sale of key players Marcinho, Souza and Renato Augusto lead to a downturn in fortunes from which Fla never really recovered. Júnior’s record at Flamengo reads: 38 games, 18 wins, 10 draws and 10 defeats.
The coach, however, is not expected to have too long to wait for a new job as Japan’s Vissel Kobe are said to be interested in his services. (update) On Thursday 11th December, Júnior signed a three-year deal with the Japanese club.
Meanwhile, former Brazil coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, has been contacted and could be the new man at Flamengo.