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Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:49

Cajuda out, Dominguez in at Leiria

Veteran ends third spell at Os Lis

Manuel Cajuda, the wily coach with almost three decades of experience in the dugout, has this morning resigned from his post at Uniao de Leiria, the Liga's bottom club. His replacement will be Under-19 coach Jose Dominguez, who becomes the club's fourth coach of the season. 

Cajuda was brought in to replace stop-gap appointment Vitor Pontes in September 2011, but his short spell in Marinha Grande was a turbulent one on and off the pitch. He departs with Leiria five points adrift of safety in 16th, but recent events off the field may provide a more solid explanation for his decision.

The last month has seen members of the Leiria squad confront President Joao Bartolomeu over unpaid wages, which culminated in a refusal to train ahead of Round 21's 3-1 loss at home to Olhanense - a match which also holds the dubious distinction of being the Liga's worst-attended fixture this season, with just 676 at the Estadio Municipal. 

During the dispute, Cajuda declared his support for his players, and was also rumoured to have had a training-ground altercation with club official Mario Cruz. Today's news therefore comes as little surprise, as does the identity of his replacement. Under-19 coach (and former Sporting, Tottenham Hotspur and Birmingham City winger) Jose Dominguez has been handed the reins until the end of the season, an appointment that further illustrates the club's austere circumstances. 

Ben Shave
Comments (3)
Leiria, more proof the league should not expand
3 Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:29
enough said.
Marcin
2 Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:36
I'm not sure where you got your information from, but Leiria haven't returned to the Magalhães Pessoa, far from it. I don't think they'd be allowed back unless a debt of approximately €250,000 was paid to the local municipality. I doubt that's going to happen any time soon.

Ben
Back in Leiria?
1 Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:32
I've found that Leiria plays on their Euro 2004 stadium again. I was reading here they moved to Marinha Grande at the beginning of 2011/12 due to problems with attendance too small to pay for using Municipal stadium in Leiria? Does it mean Uniao can now afford using this stadium?

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