- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

SAO PAULO (AP) - Sao Paulo coach Muricy Ramalho says he is leaving the struggling Brazilian club because of health reasons.

Ramalho met with Sao Paulo officials on Monday and announced he was leaving because he needs time “to take care of my health.”

The 59-year-old Ramalho reportedly has been nursing a stomach problem and also needs surgery to remove his gallbladder.

The announcement came a day after Sao Paulo lost 2-0 to Botafogo in the Sao Paulo state championship, the latest disappointing result in recent weeks.

Fans had already been calling for Ramalho’s dismissal.

Despite having some of Brazil’s top squads, the six-time national champion is in danger of not advancing past the group stage of the Copa Libertadores.

It was Ramalho’s third stint with Sao Paulo, a team he led to three-straight national titles from 2006-08.

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