Fernando and Gerson depart

With news yesterday that Sidiclei and Marquinhos joining the backroom staff, it comes as no surprise that Fernando and Gerson, who were both coach and goalkeeper coach respectively, have announced their departure from the club today.

Fernando joined the club last year when Serrão became the manager. After his sacking just five games into the season, Fernando was kept on under Matsunami. The Brazilian, who is 57, had previously had coach roles in his home country with teams like Paulista and Botafogo since 2007. His future plans are unknown for now, but I’d like to thank Fernando for his work at the club for the year and I hope that he can find a new job soon.

Gerson, also a Brazilian, recently turned 41, has had a lot more experience than Fernando. As a goalkeeper coach, he started out at Palestra de San Barnard in 1998 before coming to Japan to work at Nippon Bunri University for year before joining Albirex Niigata, where he spent nine years until he moved to Osaka in 2010. He will be replaced by the man that he replaced but he hopes that he can come and see Gamba play in J1 in 2014. Thank you for your three years of service to the club and good luck in your future endeavours.

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