Vasco da Gama bring in Santana

Vasco da Gama have brought in one of the former coaches in the form of Joel Santana to lead them to title success at the end of the campaign. Joel Santana is no stranger to the club after having been in charge of the team in four separate spells before. His first appearance in the Vasco da Gama dugout came in the 1986-87 season. Even though he lasted only one season at the club, he has since been a cult figure in these parts. He has since been around the club on three occasions. Even though he has not lasted for two seasons at a stretch, it is believed that the arrival of Santana will make them challengers for a return to the Brazilian top-flight.

Santana finds himself having to deal with second division matches, but it is something that the 65-year-old will probably relish since it only adds to the vast experience he has in the game. The 65-year-old’s first match in charge after returning to the club will be against Luverdense in the league. The club only recently brought an end to a run of five matches without a win by beating América Mineiro in the league. This victory leaves them one point behind the top of the table. The poor form in recent weeks, though, has allowed several teams to compete for the league title.

“I am happy to be back receiving a salary after over a year. Now, for example, I am at the bank. The bills don’t stop arriving. I am going to help Vasco. It is going to be good for everyone,” said Santana. Along with the arrival of Santana, the club will also see the return of coaches like Ronaldo Torres and Marcelo Salles, who have worked with the manager for several years at various clubs.