It only lasted six games for coach Eduardo Baptista to play for Atlético-GO. He resigned this Thursday, the day after the defeat to Corinthians, and left Dragão in agreement with the board.
Baptista debuted with victory in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana semifinal against São Paulo. However, the coach added five straight defeats in the sequence, including the elimination on penalties against São Paulo himself.
Eduardo Baptista is no longer coach of Atlético-GO — Photo: Alan Deyvid/Atlético GO
Eduardo Baptista, 50 years old, was hired to replace Jorginho and arrived with the mission of making Atlético-GO react mainly in the Brazilian Championship.
The debut with victory in the Copa Sudamericana left a good impression, however, the red-black team continued to fall in the following matches.
At the Sudamericana, they lost 2-0 to São Paulo in normal time and ended up being eliminated on penalties. In the Brazilian Championship, Atlético-GO even played well against Corinthians last Wednesday, however, the defeat left the team in a virtually irreversible situation.
Atlético-GO is the runner-up in the Brazilian Championship with 22 points. They are nine points less than Ceará, the first team outside the relegation zone. Only 10 rounds left.
After the match against Corinthians, Eduardo Baptista had stated that he would leave Dragão if the club “threw in the towel”.
Internally, the red-black board is already thinking about cutting costs with an eye on rebuilding the club for next year. Until the end of the season, the team should be led by assistant coach Eduardo Souza.