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Monday, 26 September 2011 22:08

Uniao de Leiria swap coaches... again

Manuel Cajuda

Vitor Pontes out, Manuel Cajuda in

Uniao de Leiria have announced that Vitor Pontes is no longer the coach of the club, replacing him with veteran manager Manuel Cajuda (pictured). Pontes lasted just two matches and 19 days at the helm of Os Lis, having stepped into the breach following the departure of Pedro Caixinha earlier in the month.

The latest turmoil brings yet more instability to what has been a nightmare start to 2011/12 for Leiria. The club were forced to leave their Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa in pre-season because they were unable to pay the maitenance costs, subsequently relocating 15 kilometres down the road at Marinha Grande.

Results have been disastrous, with one win and five defeats leaving Leiria languishing in the relegation zone.

The 60-year-old Cajuda has been hired as head coach a remarkable 17 different times in a long managerial career. The majority of his jobs have been in the Portuguese top flight. It is his third stint at Leiria, who he took to the Portuguese Cup final in 2003.

Cajuda returns to Portugal after leaving Vitoria Guimaraes in 2009. His most recent job was at Sharjah FC in the United Arab Emirates. He begins his tenure with a home fixture against Sporting Braga on Sunday.

Tom Kundert

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Comments (5)
Looking forward to sunday
5 Thursday, 29 September 2011 00:01
My first away game was in Marinha Grande way back in 2003.. Looking forward to going back. Looks like a big away trip with lots of interest...
As expected
4 Tuesday, 27 September 2011 15:09
Leiria's season is going as expected. They can change managers as often as they like, but nothing will change until there's a change up top.
Aren't João Bartolomeu (SAD) e Mario Xavier Cruz (CLUBE) the two guys that pissed off Leiria so much that they are now playing in Marinha Grande? Yes, they owed money, but they never once reached out to Leiria or the community. As the managing company for the Stadio Magalhaes Pessoa pointed out, they brought nothing of value to the community.
I have a feeling they aren't the most equiped to make managerial decisions. In all actuality, shouldn't they be held accountable for the poor choices?
If they are newly appointed, I apologize for ripping them, then again they are proving to be as inept.
Braga on Sunday
3 Tuesday, 27 September 2011 08:46
I'm going to the Braga game at Marinha Grande. It'll be the first time I've been to watch UDL since they left the Magalhaes. I hope Cajuda can turn it around for this club.
Leiria going to liga orangina
2 Tuesday, 27 September 2011 00:53
Leiria will be relegated we all know it, i knew it before the season started. They no longer have a home ground (i mean come on 15 kilometres away), their squad is extremely weak with only 2 or 3 decent players, one of their best talents (Brigado) has a bad injury and they go through coaches like i do toilet paper.

I hate to say it because i love Leiria but there are teams in the liga orangina who deserve a spot in 1st grade more than them and i dare say if they were in the liga orangina this year they would be lucky to get to the middle of the table.
I hope he is ready for Liga da Honra
1 Monday, 26 September 2011 22:22
That's where Leiria belongs

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