Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Fogo Fire Soares / Robinho

Despite getting the backing of the Botafogo board after the 6-0 slapping by Vasco da Gama on Sunday. Head coach Estevam Soares has been sacked from his position as head coach of Botafogo. The board have also dispensed of the services of assitant Gerson Sodre and the conditioner Lino Fachini.

Soares, who saved Botafogo from relegation from Série A on the last day of the season, had been told his job was safe after the game but on Monday the Botafogo board had a change of heart and swung the axe. Jair Ventura, who survived the cull, has been put in charge of team affairs for the midweek game against Tigres do Brasil.

Meanwhile the Robinho saga drags on as São Paulo has thrown their name into the frame in an attempt to sign the player on loan from English team Manchester City. It was widely expected that Robinho would return to his first club, Santos but the wage demands of the player may be a stumbling block for both clubs. Robinho is alleged to earn £160,000 a week in Manchester and the player would have to take a considerable pay cut to join either club. The one advantage São Paulo has over Santos is the opportunity to offer Robinho a stage in the Copa Libertadores. With the transfer window less than a week from closing a deal will need to be reached quickly.

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