Coach Jesualdo Ferreira was dismissed by SL Benfica late last night after an emergency board meeting was called in the wake of the weekend's Portuguese Cup defeat by Gondomar.
The 1-0 fourth-round loss to a club from the third tier of Portuguese football coupled with a series of indifferent league displays which have left Benfica seven points adrift of Super Liga leaders FC Porto led to Ferreira's sacking. Suitable inquiries are under way to quickly fill the position of principal coach
Searching for replacement
A club statement read: "Jesualdo Ferreira has ceased to hold the position of principal coach of the professional football team. Suitable inquiries are under way to quickly fill the position of principal coach."
Despite being removed from his duties with Benfica's first team, Ferreira will continue to work at the Estádio La Luz as the co-ordinator of the club's football structure. Ferreira's assistant Fernando Chalana is to take charge of the team on a temporary basis.
The new coach, whoever he may be, will take over a talented yet underachieving squad. Historically Portugal's most successful club, Benfica have not won a domestic championship since 1993 and they again missed out on European football this season.
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