Sa Pinto quits as Crvena Zvezda coach
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Portuguese coach Ricardo Sa Pinto has left Crvena Zvezda after just three months at the helm in protest at what he said was the club management's failure to realise his plans for the upcoming season.

Sa Pinto took over at Crvena Zvezda in mid-March in a bid to turn their disappointing season around. He managed to guide the team back into the title race, although Crvena Zvezda eventually finished behind bitter rivals Partizan Beograd. 

Sa Pinto, 41, capped 45 times by Portugal, spent most of his playing career with Sporting Lisbon but also had stints with Real Sociedad in Spain and in Belgium with Standard Liege.