Coach Rogério Ceni spoke for the first time since Flamengo’s resignation, which took place at dawn last Saturday. After negative results and strong pressure from the fans, the club opted for a change in command and brought in Renato Gaúcho as a substitute.
In quick contact with the narrator Nilson César, from Rádio Jovem Pan, Ceni did not give great details about the departure of Flamengo, but he has already said that he does not intend to take on a new challenge anytime soon.
— I’m trying to sort everything out here first, but I’m thinking about getting some rest. Since December 2017 I have practically not stopped, wrote Ceni.
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Ceni had been at Flamengo since November last year, when he took over from Domènec Torrent. On that occasion, the coach was unable to avoid eliminations in the Copa do Brasil, for São Paulo, and in Libertadores da América, for Racing.
On the other hand, he led the race in the final stretch of the Brazilian Championship and won the national title. In the current season, he was still champion of Rio de Janeiro and the Supercopa do Brasil over Palmeiras. Despite this, Ceni did not enjoy the prestige with most of the red and black fans.
The defeat by Atlético-MG by 2-1, by Serie A, ended up being the trigger for the direction. Shortly before the announced decision, an internal audio with harsh criticism of Ceni ended up going viral in the media. In the early hours of Friday to Saturday, the club made the resignation official.
On the same day, Flamengo arranged for the arrival of Renato Gaúcho, free in the market after leaving Grêmio.