Abel Braga (69 years old) no longer understands the world!
Two weeks ago, at the official presentation to new investors in Lugano, he announced from the background that he hoped to “build something now”. The coach, who is highly regarded in Brazil, was hoping for peace and quiet with leadership around club owner Joe Mansueto (64).
Now he has it – but is no longer coach of FC Lugano.
Ticino Super League launches Braga after only one match since the American takeover! As Blake predicted in the pre-season coach’s flight review, he’s the first coach in the league to have to leave.
On Wednesday, his 69th birthday, Braga found out when he drove to Cornarido. “I had time to say goodbye to the players with a few words,” he then told Corriere del Ticino.
“It’s not planned. We don’t have a new coach, if that’s what you mean,” George Heitz, Chicago sports director and overall project officer in Lugano, said two weeks ago when Blake asked if a new coach would be hired. If appropriate.”
Well, it didn’t fit. At least from the point of view of the new leaders of Lugano. From Braga, as he confirms in Corriere: “Something like this happens in football, I know. But I can’t fathom it. The team worked. I also felt at home in Lugano. Pity!” It was “really very frustrating”. Then he explained that he did not understand all the sports decisions of the new administration – he simply focused on his work “on the field”. He does not have to support the philosophy of the association in all its aspects.
But this is exactly where the dog is buried. Because the new management decided that when it came to the club’s strategy, another coach would be the best option, as Lugano CEO Martin Placer explained when asked about Blake: “Abel Braga did nothing wrong, he did not act badly whether the results were not decisive (six Points after four games, Dr. Editor). We just came to the conclusion that in the end he is not the right person for this long-term project.”
Spotting the first candidates
It is also important to emphasize Blaser: “We wanted to be fair – and we’d prefer to make tough cuts now. We didn’t talk to any other coach until they released us. From our point of view, it’s also about respecting the current coach.”
Who will come to Cornarido now? The first job interviews began on Wednesday. On September 12 against Basel, former assistant Mattia Croce-Torte (39) will be the interim head coach.
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