Ex-Chelsea boss Scolari sacked by Brazilian side Palmeiras

Former Chelsea manger Luiz Felipe Scolari – the World Cup winning Coach of Brazil in 2002 – has been sacked by Brazilian side Palmeiras after a midweek defeat left them second bottom of the table, the Daily Mail has reported.

Scolari – commonly known as Felipao, or Big Phil – left Palmeiras following the club’s 3-1 loss against Vasco da Gama. The Mail adds that it was Palmeiras’ ninth defeat in 13 games and left the club mired in relegation trouble, second bottom of the table with 20 points from 24 games.

Palmeiras, from the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, finished 11th in Serie A last season but have struggled in this campaign, with only Atletico Goianiense below them. The Verdao have however qualified for next year’s Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the Champions League, by virtue of winning the 2012 Copa do Brasil.

Scolari was in charge at Chelsea for less than a year, moving to Stamford Bridge after leaving the Portugal national team in July 2008. His services were dispensed with in July 2009. He was replaced on a caretaker basis by Guus Hiddink, with Carlo Ancelotti stepping in on a permanent basis that summer.

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