Former Cambodian National Football team coach Leonardo Vitorino is returning to Asia with all indications suggesting he is expected to fill the vacant hotseat at former C-League champions Phnom Penh Crown.
Earlier this week, Crown announced they have parted ways with divisive British head coach Sean Sainsbury after only a season and a half at the helm.
Under Sainsbury, the six-time league champions fell behind their traditional rivals. While NagaWorld and Boeung Ket tussled for honours, Crown spent much of the season scrapping against their mid-table rivals.
“I’d like to inform that I finish[ed] yesterday my deal with my Club here in Brazil because I will move to Asia. Soon I will inform everybody my new destination,” reads a post on Vitorino’s official page yesterday.
Since leaving Asia, Vitorino filled the post of technical director at Ceara Sporting Club in Brazil’s Seria A. Prior to the position, he led the Cambodian national team for a brief eight-month tenure before differences with the federation expedited his departure.
Vitorino was installed as Angkor Warriors coach in March 2017 and suffered a 7-0 collapse to Jordan in his first competitive match. The former Lanexang United tactician led Cambodia to a single win over Afghanistan, his final act as head coach a 5-0 drubbing by Vietnam.
Vitorino had maintained throughout his time in charge that he had a long-term vision for Cambodia, and with the backing of the Football Federation of Cambodia was seeking to recuperate the footballing culture of the country.