Just hours after Persepolis of Iran lost to Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor in front of 90,000 fans at home to crash out of the Asian Champions League, the team’s Portuguese head coach, Nelo Vingada, disclosed that he had resigned prior to the match.
Persepolis has had a turbulent season following to storybook
finish of 2008.
First, current national team head coach Afshin Ghotbi resigned
only nine weeks into the season
Ghotbi’s assistant Afshin Payrovani took over
for a short period of time and then Vingada stepped in.
During Vingada’s time Persepolis continued to struggle and drop points week after week.
Soon fans became restless in the stands and internal difficulties within the coaching staff that
Vingada had inherited made the situation worse.
A fifth place finish in the
league and early elimination from the Iran Cup sealed Vingada’s fate.
first home match in Persepolis’ Asian Champions League history was simply too much.
Post match Vingada told reporters "I submitted my resignation
two days earlier and team management knew about it. Perspolis will
remain with me in my heart."
Vingada knew the game against Uzbeks was his last
match and the team played poorly to back it up.
Bunyodkor defeated Persepolis 1
– 0 with Rivaldo’s goal from the penalty spot after 40 minutes.
Kaveh Mahjoob, Goal.com Iran