CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 17, Santos head coach Mart Nooij during the Santos training and Press Conference session at Santos FC Academy on May 17, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa Photo by Ashley Vlotman / Gallo Images

John Goliath

SANTOS yesterday parted ways with their coach Mart Nooij.

Nooij was shown the door after Saturday night’s 1-0 defeat against Dynamos at Athlone Stadium, and the People’s Team’s poor start to their first back season in the National First Division.

Santos have 14 points from 12 matches, and haven’t been on the winning side in their last three matches. Their last victory was a 4-1 mauling of Witbank Spurs last month.

Santos boss Goolam Allie told the Cape Times last night the club and Nooij “parted ways amicably”. Nooij was set to fly out of the country to the Netherlands last night.

Nooij joined Santos towards the back end of the last campaign to help them avoid relegation from the Premiership. Despite improved performances, which included a famous win over Kaizer Chiefs at Athlone, Nooij couldn’t keep Santos up.

However, Allie kept faith in the coach for this season. Santos also kept the core of the team, although a number of key players decided to move to other clubs in the PSL.

However, it seems the style of football he wanted the team to play wasn’t quite suited to the physical demands of the NFD. Santos also haven’t quite been the force at home that they have been over the last decade.

There has been no talk from the club about a possible successor for Nooij, although the name of NFD rivals Milano United’s technical manager and head of youth Brandon Truter has been mentioned.

Milano, though, sent out an e-mail over the weekend saying that Santos haven’t approached their man.