South China set to jettison Mior

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 June, 2007, 12:00am

South China coach Casemiro Mior (pictured) appears to be headed for the exit despite having played a major role in their transformation into the dominant team in Hong Kong.

The Caroliners are braced for a major reshuffle, with the Brazilian coach just one of several key figures expected to leave the club.

Despite guiding them to a rare treble last season, Mior failed to gain the support of team convener Steven Lo Kit-shing, who has openly said he was not happy with Mior's training methods and would like to appoint a new coach.

'We have many candidates for the job and it will be decided very soon,' Lo said.

Mior, who also coached the Caroliners from 1999-2002, was brought back to Hong Kong in November in mid-season after South China appeared to have lost their way under Portuguese coach Jorge Amaral.

Their revival with Mior was rapid and they went on to win the league, the FA Cup and the Senior Shield.

South China's last major silverware was the Senior Shield in 2003.

The planned reshuffle is understood to be extensive with towering striker Detinho the only one of their Brazilian contingent asked to stay.

The 33-year-old has been offered a two-year contract.

South China are likely to be unable to agree terms with Brazilian club Gremio to retain the services of Tales Schutz, who netted 24 goals in his first season as a loan signing.

Gremio are said to be asking a loan fee in the region of HK$1 million, which is beyond the Caroliners' means.