Gamba Osaka have shut the door on manager Jose Carlos Serrao and told a large portion of his assembled coaching staff they aren’t welcome either. The club had suffered three straight J-League losses and two ACL losses in a disastrous start to 2012. Club President Kikuo Kanamori revealed that the board , “. . . took into account that the kind of soccer that represents Gamba Osaka is soccer with movement, and we were not seeing this.”

The Kansai outfit have ushered in a club legend as the new manager. Masanobu Matsunami who made 280 appearances for the club will be assisted by Noritada Saneyoshi who made a mediocre (that is sarcasm) 236 games for the club. This weekend Gamba take on Albirex Niigata who are also sitting on a duck after three matches. Matsunami-san has promised he will “. . . work hard in this job.” Relatively young by managerial standards, the new man may have his work cut out as some believe it’s not just the manager at Gamba who was behind the unsuccessful start to the season, but also a playing roster that is just too old.

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