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Latest update : 2008-03-10

Benfica's coach Jose Antonio Camacho has resigned following the team's 2-2 draw with last-place Leiria in the Portuguese league on Sunday. He leaves his team 14 points behind leader FC Porto.

Benfica coach Jose Antonio Camacho on Sunday resigned claiming the motivation has disappeared from handling one of Portugal's biggest clubs.

The Spaniard handed in his resignation following the 2-2 home draw with Uniao Leiria which left his team 14 points behind leaders Porto.

"I think it's best for the team," said Camacho.

"I am not motivated. We have drawn seven matches and lost one at home. The players motivation here is not normal. I spoke to the president and told him the situation wasn't going to improve."

Camacho, a former coach of Real Madrid, took charge at Benfica after the second match of the season and signed a two-year deal with the club he had already coached from August 2003 to May 2004.

Former Portuguese international Fernando Chalana will replace Jose Antonio Camacho as Benfica coach until the end of the season, club president Luis Filipe Vieira announced Monday.

The Spaniard handed in his resignation following the 2-2 home draw with Uniao Leiria which left his team 14 points behind leaders Porto.

"In principle he (Chalana) will hold this function until the end of the season," Vieira told a press conference. "Experience tells us that replacing coaches during the season isn't necessarily easy."

Chalana, 49, played for Benfica between 1975 and 1990 and has been a member of their technical staff since 2002.

Date created : 2008-03-10

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