Confirmed. Jorge Jesus will no longer be Benfica's head coach for the 2015/16 season as the club released a statement where both parties could not reach an agreement.
Jesus has been at the helm of the «encarnados» since 2009, however his contract extension at the end of 2013 only lasted for a further two years and the manager was not ready to accept the new terms on the table.
Instead, Jesus is expected to make an unprecedented move to eternal rivals Sporting a few kilometres down the road, even though their current manager Marco Silva has yet to be removed from his post.
Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has made a short statement to BTV where he underlined that it is not an end of an era, and that the titles won are now a thing of the past and that Benfica should look towards the future with humility, hard work, and the will to win; from those on the pitch and on the stands.
The papers had been fueling Jesus' exit to the rivals for the past couple of weeks however both sets of supporters and critics alike did not expect such move.
Jorge Jesus leaves Benfica as one of the most successful in recent era, with 3 league titles, 1 Portuguese Cup, 5 League Cups, and twice runner up in the Europa League.
In the last two seasons Benfica won a domestic treble and double respectively, and have qualified for the Champions League proper in Pot 1 for next season.
The media raised an incident this morning that Benfica's coaching staff were apparently denied entry to the Seixal Caixa Futebol Campus which could be in relation to Jesus' move.