The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said Wednesday that it will try to stop the high turnover of coaches in the first division teams by introducing hiring and firing restrictions for the next season.
Brazilian clubs are notorious for their lack of patience, and some teams change coaches three or four times a year. Only three of the 20 Serie A teams retained the same coach throughout last season, while the four relegated teams had at least three coaches, according to Folha de Sao Paulo.
Under the new CBF rules, teams will only be able to fire a coach and bring in a new one from outside the club once per season. The rule also applies to coaches, who can resign and join another team only once.
“This is a breakthrough for Brazilian soccer and it will be good for both clubs and coaches,” CBF President Rogerio Caboclo said in a statement. “It implies a more mature relationship and allows for longer and more consistent work. It is the end of the musical chairs for trainers ”.
If a team fires more than one coach, it cannot hire a replacement from outside the organization and must instead appoint someone who has been working at the club for at least six months, the CBF said. A club is free to outsource if a coach resigns.
The new season of this first division begins on May 29 and ends on December 5.