Guwahati: NorthEast United FC have sacked their Portuguese coach Joao de Deus after their dismal show in the ongoing Indian Super League season. The John Abraham-owned side have won just one match out of seven they have played so far.
The club has lost five matches, the most among the 10 teams, and drawn one. Currently, they are ninth in the league table with four points.
"Joao de Deus and his assistant (Joao Pinho) have been sacked after the side's dismal show in the league," a team official said on condition of anonymity.
Goalkeeping coach Joseph Sidy is expected to take charge of the team before a head coach is appointed.
NorthEast United play FC Goa at home on January 6.
Joao Deus' sacking came a day after fellow ISL side Kerala Blasters showed head coach Rene Meulensteen the door.
NorthEast United had appointed Joao de Deus in July last year with hopes of overturning their fortunes this time around after failing to qualify for the knockout stages in the last three years since the league's inception.
This season, NorthEast have scored just twice in seven games while conceding 12. With just a win in their bag, the north-eastern side again looks likely to miss out on a top-four finish unless they script a dramatic turnaround.