The Chapecoense, who this year returned to the Brazilian first division, fired the coach Mozart
Saints, three days before debuting in the ‘Brazilian‘, as the local championship is known, at home against Bragantino. “The decision was made by mutual agreement with the coach, after a meeting between the Board of Directors and the professional,” Chapecoense reported in a statement.
With Santos, technical assistant Denis Iwamura and physical trainer Jackson Schwenber left the team. The defeat against Avaí in the final of the Catarinense Championship, the regional tournament of the southern state of Santa Catarina, precipitated the departure of the coach, who only led the squad in eight games and left a balance of three victories, three draws and two defeats. .
Mozart Santos, 41, played for Palmeiras, Coritiba, Paraná and Flamengo, as well as Italians Livorno and Reggina, French Bordeaux and Spartak Moscow.
Chapecoense suffered an aerial tragedy in 2016 in which several members of the squad lost their lives, who were playing in the first division that season. The accident, which decimated Chapecoense, occurred on November 28, 2016 when the plane in which the team was traveling to Medellín to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atlético Nacional crashed 17 kilometers before landing. .
In the tragedy, 71 of the 77 people who were in the aircraft of the Bolivian airline Lamia died, including crew members, players, members of the board and coaching staff, as well as a score of journalists who accompanied the club in its first final of an international tournament.