São Paulo sack coach that won them three Brasileiros

June 19, 2009 at 23:26 Leave a comment

the end of the wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man

the end of the wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man

Muricy Ramalho has been given the chop by São Paulo. On Friday evening, the coach had a meeting with club president Juvenal Juvêncio were it was decided that Ramalho had no future at the Morumbi. The decision came after São Paulo’s exit form the Libertadores after they lost 2-0 at home to Cruzeiro on Thursday.

The 53-year-old joined São Paulo from São Caetano in January 2006. Three consecutive league championships followed (a new record in the Brasileiro) but the Tricolor failed to win the Libertadores in that period.

I have never been a fan of Ramalho and I’ve made it clear on more than one occasion – see Ramalho killing the game. His overly defensive football, misuse of talented players, his tactical limitations, willingness to settle for the 0-0 draw, and the outdated long-ball game made São Paulo one of the hardest teams to watch in Brazil – no scrub that – they were the footballing equivalent of watching paint dry – we all knew what the result would be, it was just a question of time.

But with his success in the league, Ramalho helped usher in a negative wave in Brazilian domestic football – just look at how many sides in Brazil now try to sit back on a

1-0 lead.

Playoffwise, Ramalho never had much joy with São Paulo. His teams were simply not set up to deal with the demands of this type of football. On Thursday in the Morumbi, the coach’s tactics were not the only thing called into question. His team selection against Cruzeiro was heavily criticised. Starting Eduardo Costa – a player who has hardly appeared for the first eleven and who was one of the men that was sent off midweek – did not go down well. Likewise, taking off Washington at half-time, was deemed a huge error.

Once again, São Paulo failed to come good on the big occasion but this time it was the coach that took the full brunt. Though perhaps this should have been expected as the team hasn’t performed well all year. The league champions are in 12th in the Brasileiro with just one win from six games.  In truth, São Paulo have not played any good stuff for a very long time but the results kept coming.

In recent months, however, there was a growing amount of decent. São Paulo’s most consistent front man, Borges, found himself in and out of the starting line-up and made his thoughts clear on the matter. Other players complained about the side’s predictability. They were right, of course. The opposition knew exactly what to expect from São Paulo and took counter measures. Ramalho had one tactic and kept to it. The formula served him well. But in the end, the coach’s inflexibility and inability to adapt cost him his job.  

While it’s difficult to criticize a man who has won the Campeonato Brasileiro for the past three years running, under his management São Paulo had become dull and stale and it was time for a change. The Morumbi outfit still have a lot of great players. With Ramalho’s departure, many of them will get the chance to show how talented they are.   

São Paulo face archenemies Corinthians on Sunday. Assistant coach, Milton Cruz, will take charge.


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The man who came up with: Messi carrying Argentina. Neymar carrying Brazil. British Airways carrying England. My name is Jon Cotterill. I am an English football commentator for TV Globo in São Paulo, Brazil. Currently we're broadcasting two live Campeonato Brasileiro or Campeonato Paulista games per week plus our magazine show, Footbrazil to 180 countries. + Eu trabalho como narrador na TV Globo em São Paulo, Brasil. Atualmente, nos transmitimos dois jogos ao vivo do Campeonato Brasileiro ou Campeonato Paulista por semana e nosso programa de futebol semanal, Footbrazil.

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