The Olhanense SAD (limited liability sports entity), who own 80% of the professional football section, parted company with manager Ivo Soares on Tuesday following internal disagreements rumoured to be connected to team selection. Assistant coach João Armando and goalkeeper coach Gabriel Caetano resigned following Soares’ departure.
Olhanense, currently fifth in the Campeonato de Portugal Division D, have signed 11 reinforcements as the new Italian investors, led by Andrea Papadia, look to gain promotion to the Segunda Liga.
In addition, a large amount of remedial work has been undertaken at the José Arcanjo Stadium both to the pitch and the stands.
Olhanense hope to play their next home game there, on February 17, against Olímpico do Montijo, after having played their last four homes at the Olhão Municipal Stadium.
The Olhanense SAD wasted no time in appointing a successor to Ivo Soares and new man at the helm is Vasco Faísca, former assistant coach at Vilafranquense (Vila França de Xira).
The 38-year-old former defender has a strong connection with Italian football having represented Vicenza, Padova, Ascoli, FC Matera, Maceratese and Virtus Francavilla.
In his home country, he played for Sporting, Lourinhanense, Académica and Belenenses. The former Portugal U21 international started working with the Olhanense squad on Wednesday prior to their game against Real SC in Sintra on Sunday.
Photo: New boss Vasco Faísca