Benfica is negotiating with coach Bruno Lage to end his contract, the club said in a statement to Portugal's CMVM market regulator on Tuesday, one day after the team's recent dismal run continued with a 2-0 defeat at Maritimo.
The club said the talks were aimed at ending Lage's contract with “immediate effect.” After Monday's game, club president Luis Filipe Vieira said that Lage had offered his resignation without saying whether it had been accepted.
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“Our coach came to me at the end of the game and said with great dignity: 'President, I am putting myself at your disposal because I understand that things are not good for Benfica,'” Vieira told reporters.
Lage himself gave a separate post-match interview but did not mention that he was resigning.
Benfica, second in the table, has won only one of its five games since the Primeira Liga restarted after the coronavirus stoppage and have dropped six points behind leaders and arch-rivals Porto. It suffered a shock 4-3 home defeat by Santa Clara in its previous match.
Lage was initially appointed as a stop-gap replacement fore Rui Vitoria in January last year but was quickly given the job on a long-term basis. Despite never previously having coached a top-flight side, he led the side to its 37th domestic league with a run of 19 wins and a draw in 20 matches.