Coach Vagner Mancini starts this Wednesday (14) the most challenging and probably daring job in his 16-year career: freeing the Corinthians, currently ranked 17th, of the risk of downgrade and placing the alvinegro team in the top five do Brazilian championship. The team faces the Athletico-PR, in Curitiba, at 21h30 (from Brasília).
The scenario closest to the current one was when he took over Cruzeiro after the 27th round in 2011. The team was in 16th place, with 29 points. Despite being out of the relegation zone, he had fewer rounds to play than Corinthians will face.
Even so, Mancini saved the cruisers. He finished Serie A that year with 38.9% of success, leaving the team in the same 16th place, one above the drop, with 43 points.
Throughout his career, the coach has faced this situation nine more times and, despite the fact that five teams have been demoted to him, it is not so.
“At the beginning, I have to say that Corinthians is going to be Corinthians again, with the Corinthians brand, there is no point in wanting to change a culture, a way of playing. Obviously everyone has the right to try, but at the moment, where the situation shows us that it is important to be focused and seek your greatest strength from your roots ”, said at a news conference on Tuesday.
FALLS AND LEAKS
Mancini was responsible for two relegations (Guarani in 2010 and Botafogo in 2014, directing both teams from beginning to end) and in three other cases he was in the campaign, but it was not the coach who concluded the Brazilian (Ceará / 2011, Sport / 2012 and Vitória / 2018).
In these three cases it is even unfair to attribute the fall to him. He left the Ceara in the 23rd round with 27 points and in 15th place. Left the Sport after the 16th round, with 14 points and 16th. Finally, he left the victory after the 16th round, with 18 points and 14th place.
None of them were in the relegation zone with Mancini in charge and, with the exception of Ceará, Sport and Vitória had a whole shift to try a better luck in the competition, but failed.
It also carries on the curriculum campaigns in which it saved teams from falling. Besides Cruzeiro, he took Athletico-PR out of the sticking position, taking over when the team had six points in six games in 2013, and also Vitória in 2017, starting work in the 15th round.
The Curitiba club can even serve as an inspiration for the current Corinthians, because, in addition to taking the team out of the relegation zone, it ended the competition in third place, with 64 points.
However, the current challenge is perhaps the most complicated of all, even than Cruzeiro and Athlético-PR, because 15 competition rounds have already passed and Corinthians is still in the process of building its team.
Tiago Nunes’ project to make the team more offensive didn’t work. It fell after eight months. Coelho’s idea of returning to the defensive efficiency of the Tite, Mano and Carille eras did not. He was temporarily in office for a month.
Mancini will have to meet the athletes, find a style of play and get the results as quickly as possible. His debut will take place with just one day of training with the players.