Benfica announced on Tuesday the separation from coach Jorge Jesús due to bad results and disagreement with the players.
The club said in a statement that Benfica and Jorge Jesús reached an agreement “To terminate his sports contract with immediate effect,” he said, explaining that the team’s coach Ferrisimo will replace him “until the end of the season”. The dismissal of Jesús, 67, came despite his success in leading Benfica to the knockout stages of the Champions League competition behind Bayern Munich forcing Barcelona to the Europa League.
Jesús paid the price for Benfica’s exit from the fourth round of the domestic cup competition by losing to their traditional rivals Porto with a clean treble last Thursday, in addition to losing the Lisbon derby at home to neighbors Sporting earlier this month in the league. Local sports media reported that Jesús, who denied the rumors of his agreement with Brazilian Flamingo to return to his technical management, got into a dispute with one of the team’s most prominent stars Pizzi.
Benfica will take on Porto on Thursday, this time in the 16th stage of the league, where they are trailing by a margin of 4 points from neighbor Sporting. After his first time at Benfica between 2009 and 2015, the coach left the club to move to his traditional rival Sporting.
He has achieved many successes with Flamingo, winning five titles in one year: the Copa Libertadores, the Brazilian League, the Domestic Super Cup, the South American Super Cup, and the Rio de Janeiro State Championship. Flamingo was left to return to Benfica in July 2020, explaining that he wanted to return to Portugal when Brazil was severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.