FC Goa, the Indian Super League (ISL) team representing the Konkan state of Goa, have parted ways with their revered coach Arthur Antunes Coimbra, better known as Zico.
The departure of the former Brazilian national team captain comes on the back of a stupendously poor season for the Gaurs, who finished rock-bottom in the league table, in their poorest showing of any of the leagues they'd participated in.
Goal understands the management of the team, who'd had an agreement with Zico for a two-year term at the beginning of the last ISL season, have decided on the divorce as the best possible route to ensure the refreshment of the team.
Zico's tutelage will no doubt be looked upon as successful despite the obvious absence of an ISL title.
Despite a poor start in 2014's inaugural ISL, the South American gaffer reigned in his team to reach the semi-finals of the competition where they were beaten by Atletico de Kolkata, the eventual champions.
The following season, he'd take his team a step further, agonisingly coming close to clinching the trophy in his home patch of Goa. The Virat Kohli co-owned outfit, on that occasion, were beaten by Chennaiyin FC in an ill-tempered and fated final which damaged the reputation of the club.
2016's ISL season was a woeful affair, with Zico's temper and tantrums getting the fair share of attention besides his team's abject dissolution on the pitch.
As of now, FC Goa's management have yet to identify a successor to Zico's now relinquished Goan hot seat.