Former Hong Kong coach of the year Casemiro Mior given the chop as South China boss ahead of crucial AFC Cup game
Heading into a crucial AFC Cup tie, struggling Caroliners say they parted ways by ‘mutual agreement’. Ricardo Rambo has been appointed caretaker manager
South China captain Chan Wai-ho said the team had to put behind them the sudden departure of coach Casemiro Mior as they left Hong Kong on Sunday for a crucial AFC Cup tie.
The Caroliners, who have been struggling at home and overseas, will meet Maziya of Maldives in group G on Wednesday but Miro did not join the side at the airport.
It was later announced by the club they had parted ways with the Brazilian by “mutual agreement”.
Ricardo Rambo, who joined South China as assistant coach two weeks ago from Premier League rivals BC Rangers, was appointed caretaker manager.
Chan said he was shocked by the news prior to the pivotal regional cup tie, which they have to win after losing both of their opening AFC Cup games.
“It is quite surprising as this is news to me,” said Chan. “But Mior had already said before that the coach will be the first one to take responsibility if there is no result.
“I feel a bit sad as we didn’t even have a chance to say goodbye to him, but we have to put this behind us. The club is facing a tough situation this month – the AFC Cup and two domestic cup semi-finals.
“Rambo has been here for a while and he knows the players well. He had a short spell with us last season and we don’t have to worry too much about getting to know each other.”
South China are third in the league standings with 23 points, but realistically have only a small chance in the championship as they are already six points behind leaders Eastern with just three matches left. Eastern have one game in hand.
Team convenor Wallace Cheung Kwong-yung said they needed a change after a disappointing run.
“The club’s results are far from ideal so far and that’s why we made changes as a responsible management,” said Cheung.
“Rambo is the caretaker and we will consider the best person for the job, including Rambo if he can prove his worth.”