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NorthEast United sack coach Joao de Deus after dismal ISL show

NorthEast United have won just one match out of seven they have played so far in the ISL, which has led to the sacking of head coach Joao de Deus

football Updated: Jan 04, 2018 00:04 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Guwahati
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Joao de Deus has been sacked by NorthEast United after a poor start to the ISL season.(AFP)

NorthEast United FC have sacked their Portuguese coach Joao de Deus after their dismal show in the ongoing Indian Super League season.

The John Abraham-owned side have won just one match out of seven they have played so far. They have lost five, the most among the 10 teams, and drawn one, and are at ninth spot in the league table spot with four points

“Joao de Deus and his assistant (Joao Pinho) have been sacked after the side’s dismal show in the league,” a team official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

Goalkeeping coach Joseph Sidy is expected to take charge of the team before a head coach is appointed.

NorthEast United play FC Goa at home on January 6.

Joao Deus’ sacking came a day after fellow ISL side Kerala Blasters showed head coach Rene Meulensteen the door.

NorthEast United had appointed Joao de Deus in July last year with hopes of overturning their fortunes this time around after failing to qualify for the knockout stages in the last three years since the league’s inception.

This season, NorthEast have scored just twice in seven games while conceding 12.

With just a win in their bag, the north-eastern side again look like to miss out of a top four finish unless they produce a turnaround in their fortune.

First Published: Jan 03, 2018 23:24 IST