Former Pune City coach Marcos Paqueta sacked by Brazilian outfit Botafogo
Written by: Atrayo Bhattacharya
The Rio de Janiero outfit have their next Brasileiro Serie A fixture against Parana.
Marcos Paqueta relived from his duties at Botafogo after just five games in charge of the club.
The Brazilian coach was announced as the new coach of ISL side, FC Pune City earlier in June. He was supposed to replace Ranko Popovic for the Stallions. But the Brazilian decided otherwise and proceeded with the offer made by Botafogo terminating his contract with FC Pune City.
Botafogo was in deep trouble and Paqueta had a tough job at his hand. Paqueta replaced Alberto Valentim at the club and his contract ran till 2019. But in the five games in charge, he had a poor record of four defeats and the 1-2 defeat against Nacional was the saturation point which led to his axing. Ze Roberto has been touted as Paqueta's replacement for the Brazilian side.
The Stallions had a decent season last time out with Serbian coach Ranko Popovic at the helm they managed to secured the playoffs spot for the first time. But the former Real Zaragoza and Buriram United coach parted ways with the ISL side looking for a new challenge elsewhere.
The Stallions have been in talks with several coaches all over the globe and the rumours include Iceland national team assistant coach, Helgi Kolvidsson. Although Pune City is still looking out for a coach, they have made some great additions to the squad, they have retained promising players from the last season like the likes of Adil Khan, Gurtej Singh, Chhuantea, Kamaljit Singh, etc and in foreigners, Marko Stankovic and Diego Carlos have also been retained. The Stallions have signed Keenan Almeida and the big transfer of the lot was the signing of Iain Hume.
Hume was left out by the Kerala Blasters have been snapped up by Pune City and it will be an interesting aspect to see how the likes of Hume, Marcelinho and Alfaro get along each other. As names on paper suggest that it will be goals galore for the Orange Army and their team this season.
Published: Sun Aug 05, 2018 07:13 PM IST