Fernandes vacates Vitoria reins

Manuel Fernandes has became the Portuguese Liga's ninth coaching casualty of the season by leaving Vitoria Setubal by mutual consent.

Fernandes, whose side had slipped to third-bottom, is the second coach to leave a club inside a week after Leonardo Jardim quit Beira-Mar yesterday.

Despite Beira-Mar sitting tenth in the 16-team division, Jardim handed in his resignation after his team were beaten at home by bottom side Portimonense.

Sporting announced last week that their coach Paulo Sergio would be relieved of his duties due to their recent struggles. The Lisbon big guns sit third on 33 points, but have a 26-point deficit to leaders Porto.

Since the start of the season, four other clubs -- Academica, Maritimo, Naval and Portimonense - have changed coaches. Naval and Academica are already on their third coach this season.