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Brazilian club Chapecoense sack coach Jair Ventura

Xinhua
03 Aug 2021, 18:18 GMT+10

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Jair Ventura, the son of Brazil World Cup winner Jairzinho, has been sacked as manager of Chapecoense after two months in charge, the Brazilian Serie A club said on Monday.

In a statement on their official website, Chapecoense said Ventura would be replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Felipe Endres.

"[We] express our hope that Jair Ventura and his backroom staff have success with their future endeavors," the statement read.

The announcement came less than a day after Chapecoense suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Santos, the club's seventh consecutive defeat in Brazil's top-flight.

The outfit from southern Brazil drew four and lost 10 of their 14 matches under Ventura's command.

Chapecoense, who were promoted from Serie B last year, are currently last in the 20-team league standings with four points from 14 games.

"Today is the end of my cycle at Chapecoense. I kept my promise to lead the team, but I'm very sad that I can't help anymore," Ventura said in an Instagram post.

"Unfortunately, we suffered by losing more players than we were able to replace, and the results didn't come, despite having played well. I want to thank everyone: the directors, the staff, the fans and especially all the players, who I'm sure did their best," the 42-year-old added.

Jairzinho scored in each of Brazil's six matches at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, making him one of only two players - the other being Uruguay's Alcides Ghiggia - in the history of the competition to achieve the feat.

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