Sa Pinto axed by Sporting

Sporting have removed Ricardo Sa Pinto as their coach after just eight months, replacing him with Oceano.

Last Updated: 05/10/12 at 20:27 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Transfer News: Millwall sign winger Magaye Gueye after release by Everton

Post comment

Millwall have signed former Everton winger Magaye Gueye after a successful trial at the Championship club.

Transfer news: Sylvain Marveaux left Newcastle in pursuit game time

Post comment

Sylvain Marveaux feels he was left with little choice but to leave Newcastle United on loan after being frozen out.

All Articles

Ricardo Sa Pinto: Axed

Ricardo Sa Pinto: Axed

Sporting have removed Ricardo Sa Pinto as their coach after just eight months in charge, replacing him with Oceano.

The decision comes in the wake of the the Sportinguistas' 3-0 Europa League defeat to Videoton on Thursday, and a disappointing start to the season which has seen them fall five points behind leaders Benfica in a campaign that is just five games old.

The 39-year-old, who had two spells with Sporting as a player, has been offered a yet-to-be-accepted new role.

In a statement on their official website, Sporting said: "Sporting Clube de Portugal - Futebol, SAD's Board of Administration has announced that Ricardo Sa Pinto is no longer the club's first team coach.

"Sporting Clube de Portugal - Futebol, SAD thanks Ricardo Sa Pinto for his professionalism as a fan, employee and shareholder and would like to highlight the dedication that he has shown as Sporting's first-team coach.

"In light of his dedication to Sporting Clube de Portugal, the board of administration has invited Ricardo Sa Pinto to continue with the club in a role that will be announced should it be accepted."

Fifty-four-cap former Portugal international Oceano, who made over 300 appearances for Sporting, steps up from coaching the club's B team.


Click here for a completely free £10 football bet with Sky Bet


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Premier League: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech doesn't want to be on the bench

Petr Cech has warned Jose Mourinho he does not want to be second-choice goalkeeper at Chelsea next season.

Transfer News: Sunderland striker Danny Graham expected to move on

Gus Poyet has confirmed that it is going to be 'very difficult' for Danny Graham to be part of his Sunderland squad.

Premier League: Ryan Giggs compares Louis van Gaal to Sir Alex Ferguson

Ryan Giggs has hailed Louis van Gaal's early impact and has acknowledged the similarities with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mail Box

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

Pre-Season Obviously Isn't Meaningless

The debate over the importance of pre-season continues, including a league table from last season for stats fans. Plus travelling to watch your team and Blackpool...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property