Rui Costa, president of Benfica, assumes that Jorge Jesus’ departure from the club was not the intended outcome, but understands that it is “the best thing for both parties”.
In a short, non-questioning statement in the press room at Estádio da Luz, the red director announced the departure of the coach, who had already been publicly announced.
“Benfica and Jorge Jesus reached an agreement to terminate the contract, with the same loyalty and seriousness that we have worked in this period. It was not the outcome that we both wanted, we worked to reach the end of the year with the goals fulfilled, but with the same frontality that we’ve always had together, it was on this day that we understood to be the best for both parties,” he said.
Jorge Jesus was also present in the room and assumed that the exit “is the best for both parties”. Manager and coach gave a hug and left the room, without answering any questions from the journalists present.
“This project, from which I am now leaving, has come to an end. I came to Benfica always thinking that I am a solution and not a problem. For what Benfica’s interests are and what is best for everyone, I thought it was the best decision for both parties. My life will continue, working with love and passion. I was very honored to have returned to this house once again”, he said, moved.
Nélson Veríssimo, coach of team B, takes over the team on an interim basis until the end of the season. The hiring of a coach immediately is out of the question. The coach has already closed the 2019/20 season, when Bruno Lage was fired, before the arrival of Jesus.
Jesus and President Rui Costa met this Tuesday morning and the decision was made for the Portuguese coach to leave before the second game against Porto, on Thursday, for the championship.
A Renaissance found that Jorge Jesus did not want to continue coaching Benfica, for not having felt support from Rui Costa, at a time when he felt the need for protection and solidarity from the president.
End to an eight epochal reign
The journey of Jorge Jesus at Benfica comes to an end, with a second spell that lasted a season and a half and without any title conquered.
Last season, the eagles failed all goals: they finished third in the championship, missed the Champions League group stage, lost the Portuguese Cup final and the semi-finals of the League Cup.
Benfica started this season in a promising way, with seven straight victories in the championship, but the results were getting worse. The team reached the round of 16 of the Champions League, but is out of the Portuguese Cup, with a heavy defeat suffered by FC Porto, and four points behind the two rivals in the I League.
In two spells that lasted almost eight seasons, Jorge Jesus has managed 404 games at Benfica, having won 277, drawn 68 and lost 59. He won 10 titles: three championships, a Portuguese Cup, five League Cups and a Cândido de Oliveira Super Cup.
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