Benfica coach Jorge Jesus set to join Sporting Lisbon
Last Updated: 04/06/15 12:40pm
Benfica coach Jorge Jesus, who guided the Lisbon side to their second title in a row last month, is set to join crosstown rivals Sporting after a salary dispute with the champions, according to stories in the Portuguese media.
Benfica had been trying to cut Jesus's wage, which was the highest for any coach in Portugal, Expresso newspaper said on its website.
The report also said Jesus's move to Sporting was backed by the club's Angolan shareholder Alvaro Sobrinho.
Jesus has managed Benfica since 2009, but also has a personal connection with Sporting where his father, Virgolino, played in the 1940s.
Sporting must sack their coach Marco Silva though before the move can be announced, say the paper. The announcements have to be made via the securities market regulator CMVM since both clubs are listed companies.
Sporting won the Portuguese Cup on Sunday - their first trophy in seven years - in a dramatic fightback against Braga.