Lisbon - Porto have sacked their coach Julen Lopetegui after
the Spaniard failed to deliver a trophy last season and with no improvement in
sight during the current term, the club said on Friday.
Former player and assistant coach Rui Barros will oversee an
interim period on the Porto bench, the club said in a brief statement.
Lopetegui joined on a three-year-deal in May 2014 after
winning the European under-19's and under 21's championships with Spain in 2011
and 2013 and a spell at the helm of La Liga's Rayo Vallecano.
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The 49-year-old coach leaves Porto in third place in the
national league, level on points with second placed Benfica and only four
points adrift of leaders Sporting Lisbon, to whom Porto lost 2-0 last weekend.
Porto were also eliminated from the Champions League knock
out phase in December after a home defeat to Chelsea.
The former goalkeeper also failed to impress the Porto
supporters and defeat to Sporting Lisbon in their last league outing was the
final straw for the club directors.For
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