Arabian Gulf League: Baniyas dismiss manager Jose Gomes

Baniyas have parted company with Jose Gomes after the Portuguese failed to steer the club away from the bottom of the Arabian Gulf League.

Appointed in late October as Uruguayan Pablo Repetto’s replacement, Gomes guided the Abu Dhabi side to only four points from 12 league matches. During his time at Baniyas, the team lost 10 league fixtures and sit rooted to the foot of the table. Salem Al Orafi, the former Baniyas player and mainstay of the club, has been placed in temporary charge.

Gomes’ final match was Friday night’s 4-2 home defeat to Al Shabab. As such, Baniyas are seven points from safety with 10 rounds remaining. It marks a pretty uninspiring few months for Gomes, who was sacked as manager of Saudi Arabian champions Al Ahli shortly before being appointed at Baniyas.

The 46-year-old, who has managed a number of clubs in his homeland, had previously been in charge of Al Taawoun, leading the Saudi team to the 2015 Asian Champions League play-offs.

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