Posted: Friday September 20, 2013 11:09 AM

Menezes quits after another Flamengo loss

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SAO PAULO (AP) - Former Brazil coach Mano Menezes has resigned from Flamengo less than four months after joining the popular Brazilian club, saying he was not able to get the players to follow his methods.

Menezes' surprise announcement came after Flamengo relinquished a two-goal lead in a 4-2 loss to Atletico Paranaense at the Maracana Stadium late Wednesday.

The coach said players were not doing what he asked so he decided to leave to allow "Flamengo to go in another direction.''

Players and club directors said they were "caught by surprise'' with Menezes' decision.

Wednesday's loss at home left Flamengo in 15th place in the 20-team Brazilian league, just outside relegation zone.

Menezes' replacement has yet to be announced.

 
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