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Benfica president closes in on new coach

LISBON, May 10 (Reuters) - Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has a name in mind for a new coach, but the decision will only be taken after the team returns from friendlies in Mozambique next week.

Dutchman Ronald Koeman resigned as their coach on Monday to join PSV Eindhoven on a two-year contract after defending champions Benfica finished only third in the league.

"The new coach will be chosen by me. I don't need advice from anybody, I know what decision I need to take for Benfica," Vieira said.

Benfica will play three friendlies with Mozambique local sides.

Outgoing England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, Manchester United assistant coach Carlos Queiroz and Fernando Santos, who has left AEK Athens, are seen as likely candidates by the Portuguese press.

In other coaching moves in the Portuguese league, northern side Braga have signed their former player Carlos Carvalhal on a one-year contract to replace Jesualdo Ferreira.

Ferreira, who steered Braga into the next UEFA Cup after they secured a fourth place in the league, has been named Boavista's new coach.

The club said he had joined them on a two-year deal to replace Carlos Brito.