A ding-dong battle with the Palmeiras board had seen Robinho Lazaró emerge relatively unscathed and remain at the Brazilian club for a second full season in change.
Robinho Lazaró was facing the biggest pressure of his 14-year career as his position as Palmeiras manager was in real jeopardy halfway through the Série A season. A run of five games unbeaten and lifting the Sao Paulo State weren't enough to prevent his board's F evaluation of his performance!
Palmeiras had enjoyed an entertaining first half-season or so under new manager Robinho Lazaró. However, there was a fairly sizeable gap to the dominant forces in Brazilian football, Santos and Corinthians.
Colombian / Brazilian manager Roberto Nascimento da Silva Lazaró, to give him his full Brazilian name, was settling nicely into life in Sao Paulo. Despite being a little concerned by Palmeiras' defensive strengths, he had a superstar striker and lots of young talent to work with.