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Ivo Vieira to leave Moreirense at the end of the season

Ivo Vieira, who has overseen a sensational campaign with Moreirense, will depart the club at the end of the current season when his contract expires. 

Vieira, 43, joined Moreirense at the start of the season and has guided his side to sixth place in the Primeira Liga, just off Guimarães in fifth and a Europa League berth on goal difference.

Moreirense were unfancied at the start of the campaign, but with the likes of Chiquinho, Heriberto Tavares and Arsénio in their ranks, they have defied expectations, and as has been reported in the past month or so, they have been the feel-good story of Portuguese football this year.

Vieira, it can be remembered, oversaw relegation with Estoril last season, but has revitalised his career with Moreirense.

Indeed, Moreirense are currently just 4 points off their record points tally in the Primeira Liga - and have 8 games left to get the points required to rewrite history.

That record-breaking season came in 2003-04, when Moreirense picked up 46 points to earn a 9th place finish.

Where Vieira will manage next remains to be seen, although he's surely not going to be short of offers. 

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