The Brazilian Serie A club said Friday that former Argentina international striker Hernan Crespo has been appointed manager of Sao Paulo.

Less than a week after leaving his post as head coach of Argentina’s Defensa y Justicia, the 45-year old agreed to a two-year deal.

“After a very careful … evaluation, in which we consulted several coaches, we believe that Hernan Crespo fits perfectly into what we envisage for Sao Paulo,” club president Julio Casares said in a statement.

“He has a successful record. He was a great player and is now a very promising coach. We will have a coach with a winning mentality and Sao Paulo’s DNA,” added Casares.

Crespo is replacing Fernando Diniz, who, after a bad run of results, was sacked on February 1.

In Brazil’s 20-team Serie A rankings, Sao Paulo is currently fourth, seven points behind leaders International.

After leading Defensa y Justicia to the Copa Sudamericana title – their first foreign trophy – in January, Crespo became Sao Paulo’s top pick. He had spells in charge of Modena and Banfield earlier.

In a career that included stints with River Plate, Parma, Lazio, Inter Milan, Chelsea, AC Milan, and Genoa, Crespo was capped 64 times for Argentina as a player. The Enditem

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