Michael Beale’s brave move from Liverpool to Sao Paulo has come to an end after six months.
The former Liverpool U23 coach is said to have resigned from his position as assistant coach to Rogerio Ceni at the Brazilian Serie A outfit.
However difficulties with settling his family into a new life and in learning the language are said to have contributed to his decision to step down, according to O Globo.
They also suggest that Beale has become frustrated by the turnover in players at the club.
However, in an statement on social media on Saturday night, Beale rejected those assessments and said the exact reasons for his departure would remain private.
Sao Paulo sit 16th in the Brazilian league, with 11 points in 10 games, and are due to take on third placed Flamengo tomorrow.
Beale has just published his latest coaching book – 60 training games for elite player development – and is highly thought of at Liverpool.
Beale said in his statement: “Now – it’s time to thank São Paulo Futebol Clube a lot. I made many friends in Brazil – inside the SPFC and outside the club.