With the resignation of the Portuguese Pepa as coach, Paulo Autuori, current technical director of Cruzeiro, is the favorite to take over the role at the Minas Gerais club. On social networks, the Celeste fans showed their indignation with the possible conservative choice for the 67-year-old professional. There were also criticisms of Ronaldo, owner of the team’s SAF.
Fans claim that choosing Autuori repeats past mistakes and could cost with the team’s fall to the second division. At this moment, Cruzeiro has 25 points in 21 rounds, four more than Santos, the first team in the relegation zone of the Brazilian Championship. But the Celeste club is still in 12th place, with four teams between it and Z4.
Yes, the B 2024 bi-championship project gains strength
—Jack (@nicholsonjack78) August 30, 2023
Paulo Autuori is to fall to the B series, a bad joke from Cruzeiro
— Grl Zrbnck (@grl_zrbnck) August 30, 2023
The criticisms of Ronaldo and his management at the club are related to speech. By switching from the associative model to the SAF, the fans hoped that the choices would be really technical and not need to appeal to experienced Brazilian football coaches, such as Autuori. Fans agree that the club was right with the hiring of Paulo Pezzolano and Pepa, but that the possible current decision shows “amateurism”.
Ksksksksksks my God, it’s even funny, it’s so amateurish, what has changed in Pepa’s work?? The only reason then is to have lost 3×0, you already have to think about next year’s access even nmrl
— Art (@oadrianoarthur) August 30, 2023
This is efficient management planning. The same 2019 film repeating itself, Autuori is the new Abel Braga. Cruzeiro fell to Serie B when he fired Pepa just like when he fired Ceni.
Worst saf management in Brazil, ridiculous at stratospheric levels
— LP (@lukaspbm) August 30, 2023
New management that looks more like the old ones. They started well, with Pezzolano and Pepa, they looked for new people with new ideas, but as soon as the turbulence comes, they fall into the old habit of trying to bring in a big-shot dinosaur to calm things down. Unbelievable.
It remains to hope that it works out.
— Warrior Cruise | (25/45) (@Zeiro_Guerreiro) August 30, 2023
This is desperate.. I already imagined that they were going to make a mess, but not one of that size lol it goes completely against what this board has always preached.. if they do that, if they show flour from the same bag as the past directions, then it’s hard to expect any salvation
— guilherme ¹⁹²¹ (@gduutra_) August 30, 2023
It’s not just criticism: part of Cruzeiro fans trust Autuori
“Best possible name”, wrote a Cruzeirense. There is confidence in some fans due to the experience of Autuori, a coach for over 40 years, who can help in this delicate moment for the club close to Z4. They also used the professional’s work at Athletico-PR as an example, where he was also a director and, sometimes, appeared as a coach to save the end of the season.
One of the reasons for Pepa’s departure was poor group management. Taking into account the history of the possible new coach, issues of relationship with the cast may be left behind.
The best possible decision. We are in a season that is already lost, the objective is not to fall and calmly plan a good 2024 and Autuori has the necessary experience to lead this group without fears until December and participate in this transition. He did it very well on CAP. I enjoyed it too much!
— Manager (@gabrieImanager) August 30, 2023
Best possible name for the circumstances
We will have a rest of the season without scares pic.twitter.com/chTVrONxfl
— caioakamarini (@caioakamarini1) August 30, 2023
Cruzeiro next games
- Cruzeiro x RB Bragantino, Brasileirão Série A 2023, Mineirão, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais – September 3 (Sunday), at 6:30 pm (Brasília time);
- Santos x Cruzeiro, Brasileirão Série A 2023, Vila Belmiro, Santos, São Paulo – September 13 (Wednesday), at 21:30 (Brasília time);
- Fluminense x Cruzeiro, Brasileirão Série A 2023, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro – September 20 (Wednesday), at 21:30 (Brasília time).