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Peseiro to leave Porto with Nuno tipped to take over

The Primeira Liga side confirmed the exit of José Peseiro on Monday, with ex-Valencia boss Nuno Espírito Santo in the frame to replace him.

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Peseiro to leave Porto with Nuno tipped to take over
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FC Porto are to part company with coach José Peseiro after a string of poor results, the Portuguese club said Monday.

Peseiro arrived at Porto in January from Egyptian outfit Al-Ahly, taking over from Spaniard Julen Lopetegui.

But the 56-year-old Portuguese coach was unable to turn around a season that saw Porto eliminated by Chelsea in the Champions League before a third-place league finish behind Lisbon-based rivals Benfica and Sporting.

The Estádio do Dragão side, who have now gone three years without a trophy, will have to play preliminary qualifying matches if they are to advance to the group stages of next term's Champions League.

Porto wrapped up their season in the worst possible way by losing the Cup final to Sporting Braga, who finished fourth in the league.

According to media reports, Portuguese Nuno Espírito Santo, who coached La Liga club Valencia from July 2014 to November 2015, will likely take the helm at Porto, where he finished his career as a goalkeeper between 2007 and 2010.

Having led Valencia to fourth place in LaLiga, ensuring a Champions League spot, 42-year-old Espírito Santo left Spain after a disappointing start to the following campaign.

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