In Brazil, ownership is often impatient with their managers. Celso Roth guided Internacional to Copa Libertadores glory less than one year ago, but his team's recent performances have been below expectations, and he's apparently run out of leash. Thanks to the combined sting of a mediocre finish in the last Brasileiro, an upset loss to TP Mazembe in the Club World Cup, a mediocre showing the Gaucho State Championship, and a bad loss to Jaguares Chiapas in Copa Libertadores, Roth has been fired by Internacional.
Though it seems harsh to fire any coach less than a year after winning a major continental competition, it's not too tough to see how Roth's shortcomings have slowly built themselves up to an unacceptable level over the last six months. Internacional's loss to TP Mazembe was embarrassing, and frankly, there are no excuses for the team's poor performance against Jaguares last week. They looked rather lifeless and were sufficiently outplayed by an inferior team, putting their place in the knockout stages of Copa Libertadores in jeopardy. When a team looks that unmotivated in a game that big, it's easy to point the finger at the coach, and that's just what Internacional did.