Chapecoense fires head coach Vagner Mancini

  • ESPN FC, Wednesday, July 5, 2017 4:53 PM
Vagner Mancini, hired to rebuild Brazilian club Chapecoense after the airplane crash that killed 71 passengers in December 2016, was fired after a 3-3 tie with Fluminense extended its winless streak to five games in the Brazilian league championship.

Chapecoense had been in first place in May before slumping. It also played in the Copa Libertadores for the first time in its 43-year history but exited in the group stage, forfeiting a game it won at Argentina's Lanus for fielding an ineligible player. Assistant coach Emerson Cris was named interim coach.

"Our directors recognize and value the professional work done by Vagner Mancini in the process of rebuilding our club and obtaining important results in the 2017 season," Chapecoense president Plinio David De Nes Filho said.

Only three members of the team's traveling squad survived the crash in Colombia.

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