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Player rows pushed me out, says Reis

Published: Thursday 28 February 2002, 22.54CET
Mário Reis has given his reasons for resigning as coach of Portuguese 1. Liga side UD Leiria.
Published: Thursday 28 February 2002, 22.54CET

Player rows pushed me out, says Reis

Mário Reis has given his reasons for resigning as coach of Portuguese 1. Liga side UD Leiria.

Mário Reis has revealed the truth behind his decision to leave his role as coach of Portugese first division side UD Leiria.

Disciplinary problems
Leiria have dropped to fifth place in the table after suffering four consecutive defeats and Reis, who replaced José Mourinho only in January, admitted that disciplinary problems were behind his resignation.

Dressing-room row
Reis was in charge for five matches and said he was shocked in that short time by the in-fighting in the Leiria dressing room. Recalling a half-time argument in the match against Sporting Clube de Portugal, Reis said: "I went to the dressing room and, when I got there, almost the whole team were rowing. It was something I had never seen before in my entire life - it was like a battle."

Headbutts on the pitch
Problems continued two weeks later away at CS Marítimo. "The players were annoyed with each other and the most visible part of the problem was what happened at Madeira, in the final minutes of the match, when two players [midfield players Tiago and Silas] headbutted each other," Reis said. "It was only after that incident that we decided to open an internal inquiry to deal with the disciplinary problems."

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