″When they left I turned off the light three instances″

Pinto da Costa, president of FC Porto, recalled the passages of Octávio Machado, José Mourinho and Del Neri for the dragons in the second a part of the particular program entitled “The President’s Men”, on the Porto Canal

The half time of Octávio Machado: “”It’s not simple to speak about Octávio Machado, as a result of I know he has a nasty relationship with me, though I do not have a nasty relationship with him. I’m not in a relationship. First: Octávio is the finest assistant I have met at FC Porto in the virtually 45 years I have been concerned in soccer. In phrases of dedication, collaboration with the coach, loyalty… He personified the ideally suited assistant. Afterwards, I wager him, I imagine, as he believes. He began nicely, profitable the Maia Super Cup, in opposition to Boavista. But issues didn’t begin nicely. In one week we have now three troublesome video games, one in opposition to Braga, which has nothing to do with Braga as we speak. Then we misplaced to Bessa then we performed Sporting in Antas and we drew. That creates pressure there, however Octávio shouldn’t be fired. They perceive that it’s best to finish. But I repeat: attributable to a misunderstanding I do not have a relationship with him, however I respect him and I will say it once more: he’s the finest assistant who handed by means of FC Porto.

Betting on Jose Mourinho: “Theoretically it is a threat, though I’m certain it will not occur, as a result of when Mourinho was right here as an assistant. [de Bobby Robson] I have a really shut relationship with him, I perceive the significance of him in the success of Bobby Robson, his means of being, his braveness, his ambition, I by no means doubted that he’ll someday coach FC Porto . And when he went to Barcelona and Bobby Robson left and Van Gaal arrived, he doubted, we talked, whether or not he would proceed or not as an assistant, I gave him my opinion, it was not recommendation, that after recognized. the English college with Bobby Robson solely did him good to remain a 12 months or two, as a result of it was a totally totally different college, however of nice worth and nice benefit.”

Advice to Leiria: “I bear in mind many presidents of mine, when they requested me about the change of coach, what’s my opinion, I at all times mentioned Mourinho. They did not prefer it, they mentioned he was an assistant. One day Bartolomeu, president in Leiria, I was requested why coach, I informed him to get Mourinho. “But Mourinho…”, he mentioned. “I offer you my opinion, if you don’t need… rent who needs you”. After about 15 days he mentioned to me: “President, he’s loopy. He needs to play in assault, he thinks U. Leiria is FC Porto”. I informed him to decelerate and never interact in his work. U. Leiria had a horrible first spherical, he was mad at Mourinho, he mentioned. he owed me I mentioned I did not owe him any favors, that I was simply giving him my opinion. “The credit score goes to Mourinho. No doubt it’s going to go far.” she [Bartolomeu] he mentioned to me: “One day you got here right here to search for him”. And I mentioned: “I do not know, however I have little question that he’ll coach FC Porto”. And it is my birthday, he’ll signal a contract with Benfica on the twenty ninth of December, and fortunately he did not signal earlier than, as a result of José Veiga introduced him to Benfica and José Veiga went to spend Christmas in Luxembourg , wished to be there, so he did not make it on the twenty third, he was scheduled for the twenty ninth. And Baidek, who’s an excellent good friend, referred to as me, they are at all times collectively, and requested me if I like Mourinho. It’s on stage when issues do not go nicely for Octávio. He mentioned that 12 months he did not like Mourinho, however the subsequent 12 months is one other factor, as a result of I don’t love to maneuver in the center of the season.

Mourinho’s signing: “Mourinho informed Baidek to not come and discuss to me, as a result of if he did, he would keep right here. So my birthday is on the twenty eighth of December, we talked on the twenty seventh. I have home visitor, we agreed to remain in the sq. in entrance of my home and when they go away I will flip off and switch off the light three instances. And they will enter,” He mentioned that he was drained, however the friends wouldn’t go away. In the center of the evening I apologized however mentioned I was actually drained. The friends left and they entered. Baidek and Mourinho. We began speaking, he mentioned he would preserve Octávio, however that at the finish of the season we might discuss with Octávio and that Mourinho would go to FC Porto. He had a dispute with Benfica, who wished to impose a deputy on him that he didn’t like. I informed him that, then, he had motive to not decide to Benfica. It was agreed that the following 12 months he would go to FC Porto. He was informed that there have been many individuals at his door, despatched by José Veiga to take him to Lisbon, he went to Spain with Baidek. He informed Bartolomeu that he was going to Benfica and referred to as him to say that he was in Paris and mentioned: “President, I thought, I cannot go away him, I will keep till the finish. of the season”. And Bartolomeu was completely happy, he was given a present. We at the moment are coping with subsequent 12 months’s squad, I have already got three gamers below contract, that are Maniche, Pedro Emanuel and Paulo Ferreira. And informed him. He mentioned they have been very useful. On the different hand, the departure of Octávio was initiated, by widespread settlement, I spoke once more with Mourinho. We had dinner at Mealhada, it was over at daybreak, to persuade Bartolomeu, organize issues, as Derlei and Nuno Valente would purchase him. Then later Maciel. And he let him out. He got here and confirmed it instantly … We struggled even to go to the UEFA Cup and, in the final recreation, profitable at Paços de Ferreira, we managed to go.”

Two years of José Mourinho: “We performed very nicely, however we have now gamers who make the distinction. We have a Vítor Baía, who is taken into account the finest goalkeeper in Europe, and this provides me peace of thoughts… that is all to him. Then we have now Deco, sensible, he takes care of any recreation, we have now Derlei who’s a beast, all good gamers, we’re certain that somebody can resolve it, as a result of if it could possibly’t be solved, it’s solved by Deco, whether or not it is a free kick or a person transfer. We all trust.”

Mourinho’s braveness: “” I suppose Mourinho is one among the biggest coaches of all time, however that is what he did because of the years he spent with Robson. I do not forget that Mourinho, when he arrived, modified our soccer. It is transition, transition, transition… And the groups are caught up on this new transition that comes from Bobby Robson, who mentioned transition, transition, transition… And Mourinho instills that spirit in the new technology. of the gamers and was capable of give confidence to the workforce that led them to victory.”

Bet he blames Del Neri: “That’s not even a wager. He hasn’t performed in any respect. He hasn’t been right here in a month.”


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