Fluminense show coach Parreira the door

RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has been fired by Brazilian club Fluminense.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has been fired by Brazilian club Fluminense.

His expulsion yesterday came a day after the team lost 1-0 to minnows Santo Andre and slipped into the relegation zone of the Brazilian league.

The result extended Fluminense's winless streak to five matches and left the team 18th in the 20-team standings. The bottom four clubs will be demoted.

Parreira, who coached Brazil to victory at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, leaves after 24 matches with Fluminense, leading the club to eight victories, nine draws and seven losses.

"It needed a victory for survival, but it didn't happen," Parreira told local media yesterday. "In Brazil you don't have the opportunity to work, you only play and pray for the results to happen. There is no patience with the project."

Parreira was employed by the South African Football Association to guide Bafana to the Fifa 2010 World Cup, but did not see out his contract. He left to take care of his then sick wife and recommended Joel Santana to take over.

There have been unconfirmed rumours that the veteran mentor could return to the Bafana fold. - Sapa-AP and Sowetan reporters

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