HARARE – Paulo Jorge Silva has been sacked as Dynamos coach with immediate effect after a poor start to the 2016 season at the Harare giants.
Initially, the DeMbare hierarchy had agreed to let the Portuguese coach take charge of Sunday’s game against FC Platinum before making way for a new coach.
However, the club yesterday decided, during a meeting attended by the entire executive to send Silva packing and his assistant coach Lloyd Mutasa will now take charge of the FC Platinum encounter and the next four matches.
“We have terminated Silva’s contract with immediate effect and we have appointed . . . Mutasa on an interim basis to be in charge of the next five games,” Dynamos secretary-general Webster Chikengezha told the Daily News yesterday.
“We hope to appoint some assistant(s) to help Mutasa between Monday and Tuesday next week. All this was done because we didn’t get the results that we wanted and we terminated his contract because of clause five.
“It stipulated that after eight competitive games we would review the results. After eight matches he had five loses, one win and two draws which wasn’t good enough for Dynamos.”
Since taking over at the Glamour Boys from Tonderai Ndiraya at the start of the year, Silva lost to Chicken Inn and FC Platinum in the Independence Cup before losing to ZPC Kariba in the ZNA Charities Shield in the pre-season.
When the Castle Lager Premiership season commenced, DeMbare began their campaign with a morale-sapping 3-0 defeat to Chicken Inn, before drawing 0-0 with Triangle at Rufaro Stadium on match day two.
Silva’s only win came in the third game of the season when DeMbare beat newboys Mutare City 2-1 at Sakubva Stadium.
Coincidentally, those are the only goals Dynamos have scored in all their opening five league matches, as they went on to lose 1-0 to CAPS United in the Harare derby before last weekend’s goalless draw with Hwange at the Colliery.
Chikengezha said the Glamour Boys will not be obliged to pay Silva any compensation since he was on a performance-based contract.
“There is no issue of compensation in his contract. There is no issue of Dynamos having to pay him $50 000 and there is nowhere it is mentioned in the contract,” he said.
“I don’t know where he is going to get that $50 000 and I don’t even know how he would calculate to get to that figure.”
The DeMbare boss said Mutasa and his interim technical department must turn around the Glamour Boys’ fortunes in those five matches if they are to get permanent deals.
“We told him that he has got only five games to impress and if he wins those games, then we will consider him for the position,” Chikengezha said.
“We told him clearly that we will be searching for another coach as a contingency measure.”
On Sunday, Mutasa will be working with goalkeepers’ coach Gift “Umbro” Muzadzi, who has had his suspension lifted.
Muzadzi was suspended after he spoke to the media about his clashes with Silva without the club’s blessing.
The former national team goalkeeper has been given a final written warning and will now resume his duties.