Some reports indicate that former Brazilian fullback Jose Marcelo Ferreirra popularly known as Ze Maria is a strong candidate to replace departing coach Frank Nuttall.
The club has not officially made the announcement yet.
“We have received several applications following the departure of Frank Nuttall on Monday. The latest to show interest to handle this great team is Brazilian Jose Mercelo Ferrairra. We are not going to make any announcement soon but maybe before Friday, we will have an answer.” said Ronald Ngala to goal.com
Ze maria’s coaching career started at Città Castello which is the team he last played for before hanging his boots in 2008. Città Castello was in Italy’s fourth tier known as Serie D. In 2010 they finished sixth in group E of Serie D. Later in 2010, he became coach of Catanzaro which was in Italy’s third tier known as Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. This was his first professional job as a coach. He was appointed alongside Congolese Malù Mpasinkatu who became Technical Director and Filippo Di Pierro who became assistant coach. Malù became the first black person to be technical director in Italy. Ze Maria’s His stint there did not last beyond October 2010. The club was facing acute financial difficulties. Even traveling to away matches required assistance from fans.
“We live every day an untenable situation – said Ze Maria – and it’s not easy to go on like this, even today we came to Lamezia by car because the bus does not work. It required the personal effort of 3 members, Ruga, Catalan and Santagiuda to allow us to reach Lamezia” said Ze maria at the time.
Difficult working conditions indeed. By the end of his contract, Ze maria and Di Pierro sued Catanzaro for non payment of wages.
Perhaps demoralized by the experience at Catanzaro, Ze maria did not coach again until 2015.
In January 2015, Ze Maria resumed coaching, taking the head coaching job at Ceahlul in Romania’s top tier. By April he was fired due to a poor run that left Ceahlul 15th in the table. It was reported that Ze Maria had been dismissed after refusing to make substitutions, ordered by the club’s flambuoyant owner Angelo Massone during a home goalless draw against relegation-threatened Gaz Metan Medias. A day later Ze Maria was rehired by Massone who decided to give the coach another chance, but a 2-0 defeat in the next game persuaded the Italian to part with the 25-times capped Brazilian once more. He had been fired twice in one week. Before he was fired, the players had gone two months with no pay and had been on strike several times. Massone described the strike as a slave revolt and threatened to send the players to a discipline camp to punish them.
“There was even a time when we didn’t even have enough money to buy snacks,” he said. “I know that some of the players got their February wages yesterday and the rest are due to be paid in the coming days, but I’ve not had any money for a month and now Massone’s sacked me, threatening me to leave the hotel, leave my car and belongings behind. He didn’t even want to pay for my flight back home, while he said he would ‘wait and see how I behave’ before paying my outstanding wages. At least in the end he paid for my flight back on Saturday.” said Ze Maria in 2015.
As opposed to his coaching career, Ze Maria had a stellar playing career. He was capped 25 times for Brazil. He won the bronze medal with Brazil at the 1996 Olympics, playing in all six games. He also won the 1999 Confederations cup and 1999 Copa America. He played for numerous top tier Brazilian sides including Flamengo, Palmeiras and Vasco Da Gama. In Italy he played for Perugia, Parma and Inter Milan.
It is not clear if he speaks English or how good his English is. His coaching record is basically non-existent. His poor recorded can be attributed to poor working conditions or the lack of tactical knowledge. It is impossible to tell at this point. Is Rachier willing to gamble with the 2016 season? He already gambled by jettisoning Nuttall. But hiring a coach with no record is a large gamble. On the other hand, sometimes hiring a young coach who is motivated to succeed can work well for a club.
The departure of Nuttall caught club officials by surprise. But it emphasizes the fact that the relationship between the club brass and Nuttall had deteriorated to the point that Nuttall did not even see it fit to inform club officials.
“We were shocked by Nuttal’s move but as a club we cannot leave a vacuum at this important time of the league that is why we quickly identified a suitable coach that can steer the side ” said a club official to goal.com
Club official, Ronald Ngala told the Standard that the club would report Nuttall to FIFA for absconding duty.
“He has not spoken to anyone in the club as we have only read that he is in Egypt. In case that is the position then we will report him to Fifa for breach of contract and deserting duty. After we failed to agree on a new contract with him, we agreed that we continue operating under the old one and this is therefore enforceable,” .
Chances are that FIFA will take a dim view of the club considering that FIFA always urges clubs to respect contracts.
Chairman Ambrose Rachier for his part appeared elated that his plan to force Nuttall out had worked.
“It is difficult to talk about this matter because I do know what the official position (on Nuttall) is because there is no official communication. I could not reach him yesterday. I also checked at the training ground and he was not there. It makes me happy that he’s gone without us sacking him. You don’t just wake up one morning and fly out. It means he’d planned all this. I’ll call a committee meeting to discuss the matter.” he said to the Nation.
The Nation report further states that The bad blood between them, according to sources, began in December last year when the coach stormed Rachier’s law firm demanding his salary arrears.
And matters turned ugly when he had an altercation with senior players, notably Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyimana and Musa Mohamed.
His patronizing demeanour and bust-up with players made him lose the dressing room and it reached a point where the players were no longer listening to him.
The relationship with the players continued to deteriorate after his much publicised bust-up with Oluoch in the wake of the 2-1 home defeat to CNaPS of Madagascar last month at the Nyayo National Stadium.