Football: Tite loses Corinthians spirit

Coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, nicknamed 'Tite', will leave Corinthians at year's end, despite his leading the outfit to the World Club Cup and Copa Libertadores glory in 2012.

Club officials on Friday confirmed a parting of the ways with Corinthians muddling along in midtable a month from the end of the league season -- Cruzeiro wrapped up the title this week.

"Tite took Corinthians to heights never seen before (but) nothing lasts for ever -- everything has a beginning, a middle and an end," said chairman Mario Gobbi.

Tite responded: "There are stages, moments, a cycle" in a career. "But the love and respect remain."

He added that in the modern game, "more than three years at a club is not a normal situation."

Tite had a first spell in charge of the Sao Paulo club between 2004 and 2005 and then in 2011 led them to the domestic title.

Media reports have former Brazil coach Mano Menezes, already at the club helm between 2008 and 2010, as in line to take over.