Porto hired former Sporting and Braga boss Jose Peseiro as their new manager on Tuesday, 11 days after sacking manager Julen Lopetegui following a poor run of results and mounting pressure from the club's fans.
The club announced the appointment on Twitter:
FC Porto @FCPorto
.@JosePeseiro é o novo treinador do #FCPorto https://t.co/t8PXKc1x9W / is the new coach / es el nuevo entrenador https://t.co/9gJqJQxMAq2016-1-19 19:30:36
The Dragons had gone three matches without a win prior to Lopetegui's departure, and Porto announced the decision to relieve Lopetegui of his duties via their official website (statement in Portuguese). Metro's Jan Hagen translated the news on Jan. 8:
Jan Hagen @PortuBall
Official: Porto will part ways with manager Julen Lopetegui. The parties are discussing the termination settlement. https://t.co/QUyGdOAymF2016-1-8 10:41:00
Former Real Madrid B and Spain youth coach Lopetegui arrived at the Estadio do Dragao in 2014 and led the club to the Champions League quarter-finals last season, but his failure to capture any silverware went down badly.
Hagen outlined just how swiftly the tide turned for Lopetegui this year, having started 2016 at the Primeira Liga summit before tumbling out the door just a week later:
Jan Hagen @PortuBall
Julen Lopetegui's 2016 January 1st: Porto top of the table January 2nd: Lose to Sporting January 6th: Draw vs Rio Ave January 8th: Sacked2016-1-8 10:54:44
Speaking to Portuguese website Maisfutebol, the manager's father, Jose Antonio Lopetegui, spoke of the fans' pressure on his son (h/t Portugoal.net): "I think that everything is decided for him to leave. Julen accepted the decision to go because he could no longer bear the pressure from the fans. They created a very unpleasant environment."
Porto have every chance of claiming this season's league title, sitting just five points off leaders Sporting Lisbon as things stand, and the club will face second-tier side Gil Vicente in the Taca de Portugal semi-finals.
However, the Portuguese giants will place their faith in Peseiro to do what Lopetegui could not and lead a team with substantial investment to the trophies they feel they've missed out on for too long.