The meeting should be pressure on President Romildo Bolzan Júnior, who still maintains the support of the commander, even with the early elimination of the team in the Copa Libertadores de América
After testing positive for Covid-19 last week, Renato Gaúcho was not on the edge of the field in the 2-1 defeat of Grêmio to Independiente del Valle, from Ecuador, on Wednesday, 14, in Porto Alegre, which culminated in early elimination in the Libertadore Cups, still in the third preliminary phase. The weight of this falls on the coach’s back, who may no longer run the tricolor club. The direction of Grêmio scheduled a meeting, this Thursday, to discuss the permanence of Renato Portaluppi, who has been in charge of tricolor since 2016. The meeting should be pressure on the president Romildo Bolzan Júnior, which still maintains the support to the commander. In his third pass, he became the coach with the most games in Grêmio history and won a statue. In addition to winning the titles of Brazil Cup (2016), gives Libertadores (2017), from South American Recopa (2018), of three Gaúchos Championships (2018, 2019 and 2020) is Recopa Gaúcha (2019).
The vice president Cláudio Oderich did not rule out a change in command. All members of the Management Council, chaired by Romildo Bolzan Júnior and who have six vice-presidents, must participate in the meeting: Marcos Herrmann, Paulo Luz, Duda Kroeff, Guto Peixoto e Adalberto price, in addition to Oderich. Isolated and in recovery, Renato Gaúcho is fulfilling his period of absence and did not participate in the two games against the Ecuadorians. At the end of last season, the coach renewed his bond with Grêmio until the end of 2021.
With the elimination, the tricolor team returns to the Copa Sudamericana, who has not played since 2012. The opponents in the group stage will be Lanús (Argentina), La Equidad (Colombia) and Aragua (Venezuela). The assistant Alexandre Mendes, who heads the team in the absence of Renato Gaúcho, admits that the players felt the defeat in the locker room, but asks for a quick turn of the page. “We expect players to feel it, but to turn the page as quickly as possible. We have important competitions ahead of us. Focus on Gauchão and Sul-Americana. Today (Wednesday), possibly, the players are struggling, feeling. Starting tomorrow (Thursday), we need to turn the page, ”he said at a news conference after the defeat.
* With information from Estadão Content