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The Portuguese side has announced the departure of the coach after the club slipped nine points behind league leader Benfica.

Porto has sacked manager Paulo Fonseca after a run of disappointing results saw the club slip further away from the summit of the Primeira Liga.

After winning only three of the club's last seven league matches, the Portuguese champion has dropped to third place and finds itself nine points behind Benfica.

Fonseca's exit was announced on Wednesday, with the club confirming that Luis Castro, coach of the club's B side, will take over as interim boss.

Former Porto defender Fonseca promised to keep on fighting after the team suffered a first home league loss in more than five years at the hands of Estoril last month. 

However, he was unable to turn things around, with his side mustering draws against Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League - in a tie that saw the team progress on away goals - and Vitoria Guimaraes in the Primeira Liga on Sunday.

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