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Alves leaves Académica

Coach João Alves has stood down along with his assistant from Portuguese side Clube Académica de Coimbra.

A combination of disappointing results and continuing financial problems have led to João Alves resigning as coach of Portuguese side Clube Académica de Coimbra.

Just one win
Académica have won just one of 12 Super Liga matches this season, drawing five, leaving them level on points with Moreirense FC and CD Santa Clara at the bottom of the table. The fact that staff have not been paid for four months has merely added to the discontent.

'Could not carry on'
Alves and his assistant, Pedro Barny, have cited an absence of wages as the primary reason behind their decision to quit. "I could not carry on with this situation after promising the players on behalf of the board that they would be paid," Alves said.

Temporary charge
He added: "I hope that my attitude catches the attention of the directors and important people in this city because nobody deserves this, especially the players." Three other members of the club's coaching staff - Vítor Alves, Mário Monteiro and António Miranda - will take temporary charge of the team until a full-time replacement is found. 

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