Farense parts ways with manager Sérgio Vieira after falling to last place

Farense has parted ways with manager Sérgio Vieira following a 2-0 defeat to Tondela over the weekend which saw the Algarvian side fall to the bottom of the Liga NOS standings.

The announcement was made on Monday in a statement thanking Vieira for all his “commitment, dedication and professionalism” which last season saw the club promoted to Portugal’s top tier of football for the first time in nearly 20 years.

This season, however, has been another story. With just three wins in 15 games, Farense has struggled mightily, despite having put on good (albeit losing) performances against top clubs such as SL Benfica (3-2 loss in Estádio da Luz), Sporting CP (1-0 loss in Estádio José Alvalade) and FC Porto (0-1 loss at home).

As the Resident went to press, a replacement had yet to be officially announced although all signs were pointing towards former FC Porto footballer and Olhanense manager Jorge Costa, who recently ended his contract with Romanian side Gaz Metan, taking the reins.

Costa had a very successful playing career at Porto, winning eight Portuguese League titles, five Portuguese Cups, and five Portuguese Super Cups as well as a Champions League, UEFA Cup and Intercontinental Cup.

As a manager, the 49-year-old has travelled all over the world, coaching in Romania, Cyprus, Gabon, Tunisia, France and India as well as in Portugal, where his résumé includes spells with SC Braga, Académica, Paços de Ferreira, Arouca and Farense’s regional rival Olhanense.

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