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Jose Peseiro Officially Named Porto Manager After Sacking of Julen Lopetegui

SC Braga's portuguese coach Jose Peseiro reacts during the Portuguese League football match Braga vs Porto, on November 25,  2012 , at Axa Municipal Stadium in Braga. AFP PHOTO / FERNANDO VELUDO        (Photo credit should read FERNANDO VELUDO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2016

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:

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:

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:

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.

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