Monday, June 29, 2020

Luis Filipe Vieira accepts Bruno Lage resignation

Benfica Blog
Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira has accepted the resignation of manager Bruno Lage after the club suffered another devastating defeat at the hands of Maritimo earlier today. Benfica now sits six points behind league leaders FC Porto who defeated Pacos Ferreira also today and see their title hopes fade with five league games remaining and Porto holding the tiebreaker. Lage has been unable to right the clubs ship over the past few months amid the long break in between due to the world's current COVID-19 pandemic with the club having earned only eleven points in their last ten games of a possible thirty, with many of the dropped points coming against league minnows.


Lage is not solely to blame for the clubs poor performances with the teams top players looking subpar and being outworked by lesser squads during this poor run. Lage who had a contract until the summer of 2023 leaves Benfica with one League Title and one Super Cup in his eighteen months at the helm. Benfica over the last week have been linked to a host of unemployed managers, namely Marco Silva, Jorge Sampaoli, Luciano Spalletti and Mauricio Pochettino to name a few but should look to Benfica B manager Renato Paiva in a caretaker role to finish off the season. 

While the chances of Benfica landing a foreign manager for the first time since 2009 are high with first choice option Jorge Jesus unavailable, another name that has been whispered is current Guimaraes manager Ivo Vieira who plays an exciting brand of football and would cost the club a lot less then the names currently being mentioned in the media. Luis Filipe Vieira will take the next few weeks to reflect on the future direction of the club moving forward with this seasons title hopes fading quickly.

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