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Parreira caught up in coach sackings

FORMER national coach Carlos Alberto Parreira became the latest victim of Brazil's coaching merry-go-round when he was sacked by Fluminense on Monday after just four months.

Parreira was one of three trainers sacked on Monday after less than five months in their jobs, with nine having joined, left or changed clubs in the opening 10 matches of the Brazilian championship.

"Sharpened guillotine," said Website.

"Carlos Alberto Parreira is no longer trainer of Fluminense. The decision was agreed by the club's board and sponsor this Monday morning," said a statement.

The decision came after five matches without victory left Fluminense in the relegation zone and followed Sunday's 0-1 home loss to modest Santo Andre.

"This is part of Brazilian football culture, no feeling, no remorse, we live by results," the 66-year-old Parreira told a television interviewer.

Vagner Mancini was sacked by Santos following Sunday's 2-6 defeat at Vitoria and Marcio Bittencourt lost his job at one-from-bottom Nautico to Geninho, who had been dismissed by Atletico Paranaense and replaced by Waldemar Lemos.

Parreira was the third top-line coach sacked in recent weeks after Muricy Ramalho lost his job with Sao Paulo, whom he had led to three Brazilian championship titles in a row, and Vanderlei Luxemburgo was kicked out by Palmeiras.

Parreira, who steered Brazil to World Cup victory in 1994 and was also at the helm in the 2006 finals in Germany, was in his third spell at "Flu". When he took charge in March, Parreira had been out of work for nearly a year, having quit as South Africa coach in April 2008 to look after his sick wife.


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