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Manager Renato Portaluppi leaves Gremio

16 Apr 2021, 10:49 GMT+10

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Gremio have parted ways with head coach Renato Portaluppi by mutual consent, the Brazilian Serie A club said on Thursday.

In a statement on their official website, Gremio said assistant coaches Alexandre Mendes and Victor Signorelli had also left the club.

"Gremio thanks [Portaluppi] for his dedication ... important achievements [and] loyalty," the statement read.

The announcement came less than a day after Gremio suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Ecuador's Independiente del Valle, a result that eliminated the Porto Alegre side from the Copa Libertadores in the final qualifying stage.

A former forward for Roma and Brazil's national team, Portaluppi was until Thursday the longest serving manager in the Brazilian Serie A, having taken charge of Gremio for a third time in September 2016.

He was also the club's first team manager from 2010 to 2011 and in 2013.

In his latest spell, Portaluppi guided Gremio to seven titles: a Copa Libertadores, a Copa do Brasil, a Recopa Sudamericana, three Rio Grande do Sul state championships and a Recopa Gaucha.

The 58-year-old is currently self-isolating after contracting COVID-19.

He will be replaced on an interim basis by Gremio's U21 coach Thiago Gomes.

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