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Académica for Artur Jorge

Published: Monday 16 December 2002, 19.44CET
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Published: Monday 16 December 2002, 19.44CET

Académica for Artur Jorge

Ex-Portugal coach Artur Jorge is the man charged with leading Clube Académica de Coimbra out of danger.
Former Portugal national coach Artur Jorge is to join Super Liga strugglers Clube Académica de Coimbra after reaching an agreement with the club's interim president João Moreno.

'The ideal candidate'
The 56-year-old will take up the post on Thursday following talks with Moreno, Académica's former chief who returned to the Briosa outfit last week upon the resignation of the club's entire board of directors. "He is the ideal coach to keep the team in the top flight and consolidate Académica's status as a Super Liga club," said Moreno of the former CF Os Belenenses, Vitória SC Guimarães, FC Porto, Paris Saint-Germain FC, SL Benfica and CD Tenerife trainer, who played for Académica in the 1960s.

Mass exodus
Jorge will bring with him to the Sérgio Conceição municipal stadium his ex-assistant in the national set-up, Raúl Águas. Former club president Campos Coroa quit last week along with the rest of his board, seven days after coach João Alves had announced his departure. At the time, Académica's players had not been paid for four months.

Académica lift
Jorge, who saw Académica move off the bottom of the table on Saturday with a 3-2 home win over CD Santa Clara, had been linked with the presidency of the Portuguese Football Federation, which went to Gilberto Madaíl. He coached his country between 1996 and 1998, having led Porto to European Champion Clubs' Cup success in 1987.

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