Pinto da Costa, president of FC Porto, recalled the passages of Octávio Machado, José Mourinho and Del Neri for the dragons within the second a part of the particular program known as “Men of the President”, on the Porto Canal.
Half a season for Octávio Machado: “”It’s troublesome to speak about Octávio Machado, as a result of I know he has a nasty relationship with me, though I haven’t got a nasty relationship with him. I don’t have any relationship. First: Octávio was the most effective assistant I met at FC Porto in nearly 45 years of soccer. In phrases of dedication, cooperation with the instructor, loyalty… He confirmed himself to be the appropriate helper. After that, I wager on him, I believed, as he believed. He began nicely, received the Super Cup in Maia, in opposition to Boavista. But then issues didn’t go nicely. In one week we had three troublesome video games, one in opposition to Braga, which had nothing to do with immediately’s Braga. Then we misplaced at Bessa and then we performed Sporting at Antas and drew. This triggered controversy there, however Octávio was not fired. They got here to appreciate that it is healthier to finish. But I repeat: due to a misunderstanding I don’t have any relationship with him, however I respect him and I will say it once more: he was the most effective assistant who went by means of FC Porto. “
Bet on Jose Mourinho: “In principle it was a threat, though I was certain it would not occur, as a result of Mourinho was right here as an assistant. [de Bobby Robson] I had a really shut relationship with him, I understood the significance he had for the success of Bobby Robson, his perspective, his braveness, his need, I had little question that sooner or later he would coach FC Porto. And when he went to Barcelona and Bobby Robson left and Van Gaal arrived, he was uncertain, we mentioned whether or not he ought to proceed as an assistant or not, I gave him my opinion, it was not recommendation, in order that he might study. English college with Bobby Robson solely helped him keep for a 12 months or two, as a result of it was a really completely different college, however very helpful and very rewarding. “
Tips for Leiria: “I do not forget that a number of of my presidents, once they requested me in regards to the change of coach, what was my opinion, I at all times stated Mourinho. He did not need it, he stated that he was an assistant. One day Bartolomeu, the president of Leiria, “I do not forget that a number of of my presidents, once they requested me in regards to the change of coach, what was my opinion, I at all times say Mourinho. he requested me why the coach, I advised him to go and get Mourinho. “But Mourinho…”, he stated. “I’ll provide you with my opinion, if you don’t need it… rent whoever you need”. . After about 15 days, he advised me: “The president is loopy. He needs to play dangerously, he thinks that U. Leiria is FC Porto”. I advised him to not get carried away along with his work. U. Leiria had a formidable first half, he was loopy Mourinho, he stated. mine. “Beauty belongs to Mourinho. Do not doubt that it will go far.” He [Bartolomeu] He advised me: “One day you’ll come to search for him”. And I stated: “I do not know, however I have little question that he will coach FC Porto”. And it was my birthday, he will 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 was taking him to Benfica and José Veiga went to spend Christmas in Luxembourg, he needed to be there, so he did not do it on the twenty third, he deliberate for the twenty ninth. And Baidek , who was his greatest buddy, known as me, they’re at all times collectively, and requested me if I needed Mourinho. It was on stage that issues have been troublesome for Octávio. He stated that 12 months he did not need Mourinho, however the subsequent 12 months was a distinct story, as a result of I do not like to maneuver in the midst of the season.
The decline of Mourinho: “Mourinho advised Baidek that he wouldn’t come to speak to me, as a result of if he did, he could be right here. So it was my birthday on the twenty eighth of December, we talked on the twenty seventh. I had company at dwelling, we agreed to take a seat within the yard in entrance of my home and once they left I would mild the three instances off. In the nighttime I apologized however I stated I was very drained. The company left and entered. Baidek and Mourinho. We began speaking, he stated that he would maintain Octávio, however that on the finish of the season we might have a dialogue with Octávio and that Mourinho would come to FC Porto. He had an argument with Benfica, who needed to power his deputy who didn’t need him. I advised him that, then, he had a motive to not decide to Benfica. It was agreed that the next 12 months he would come to FC Porto. He was advised that there have been many individuals at his door, he was despatched by José Veiga to take him to Lisbon, he went in Spain with Baidek. He advised Bartolomeu that he was moving into Benfica and he known as him from Paris and stated: “President, I’ve been considering, I cannot depart him, I’ll keep till the tip. in regards to the season”. And Bartholomew was comfortable, he gave him a present. At the identical time we fought the workforce the next 12 months, I had three gamers who had a contract, which have been Maniche, Pedro Emanuel and Paulo Ferreira. And he advised him. He stated that it could be very helpful. At this time, the departure of Octávio began, with the final settlement, I spoke with Mourinho once more. We had dinner at Mealhada, it was late within the morning, to persuade Bartolomeu, to rearrange issues, to say that we’ll purchase Derlei and Nuno Valente. Then later it might be Maciel. And they took him out. He got here and confirmed instantly… We have been struggling to even go to the UEFA Cup and, within the final recreation, after we received in Paços de Ferreira, we managed to go. “
Two years of José Mourinho: “We performed very nicely, however we had gamers who modified. We had Vítor Baía, who was thought-about the most effective goalkeeper in Europe, and it gave me peace of thoughts… that is all. Then we had Deco, sensible, he took care of each recreation, we have been with Derlei who was a monster, the remaining have been good gamers, we have been certain that somebody would remedy it, as a result of in the event that they did not remedy it, Deco solved it, whether or not it was a free kick or a person transfer. We have been all assured.”
Mourinho’s stability: “”I suppose Mourinho was and is likely one of the biggest coaches of all time, however that is what he has due to the years he spent with Robson. I do not forget that Mourinho, when he got here, modified our soccer. It was change, change, change… And the groups have been caught by this new change that got here from Bobby Robson, who stated that change, change, change… give confidence within the workforce that led them to success.”
The wager he regretted essentially the most was Del Neri: “That wasn’t a wager. He by no means performed a recreation. He was there for a month.”