When Wolves host Tottenham on Sunday, the sport will pit Nuno Espirito Santo in opposition to former boss Jose Mourinho and convey with it acquainted questions concerning the position that the latter performed in shaping the teaching concepts of the previous. That is comprehensible on condition that it was below Mourinho that Nuno received a Champions League winners’ medal with Porto in 2004.
But it was throughout Nuno’s second spell at Porto between 2007 and 2010 that his plans for a profession in teaching actually started to formulate. Those three seasons had been spent working below the veteran Jesualdo Ferreira. Indeed, upon his retirement as a participant with Porto, Nuno duly adopted Ferreira to Malaga and Panathinaikos, working as his goalkeeper coach.
“He was a big influence,” Nuno tells Sky Sports.
“A big, big influence. He was an inspiration to me.”
Nuno speaks of his nice respect when requested about Mourinho, however the reward is extra effusive on the subject of Ferreira. While that is smart given their shut relationship, there is a sure irony to all of this given Mourinho’s previous feedback concerning the man.
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There is an notorious quote from Mourinho that appeared within the Portuguese newspaper Record again in February 2005 that has come to be eternally related to Ferreira.
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“One is a coach with a 30-year career, the other with a three-year one,” started Mourinho’s column, discussing the relative success of two unnamed coaches in a thinly-veiled critique. “The one with 30 years has by no means received something. The one with three years has received so much. The one who has coached for 30 years has an unlimited profession. The one with three years has a small profession. The one with a 30-year profession might be forgotten when he ends it. The one with three may finish it proper now and he may by no means be erased from historical past.
“This could be the story of a donkey who worked for 30 years but never became a horse.”
At the time, Mourinho’s animosity was perceived to dated again to his refusal to take the Benfica job in 2002 due to the membership’s insistence that Ferreira be retained as his assistant.
Mourinho had been a scholar on the Lisbon Superior Institute for Physical Education within the Nineteen Eighties when Ferreira was one of many academics. But he so needed his personal workers at Benfica that he is mentioned to have provided up some comical causes for being unable to work with Ferreira.
During the second assembly about returning to Benfica, Mourinho even recommended that he would not be snug swearing in entrance of his outdated teacher on the coaching floor.
“Of course that was only an excuse,” Manuel Vilarino, the Benfica president on the time, would later recommend. “He just did not want to work with Jesualdo Ferreira.”
Mourinho has sought to downplay discuss of a feud ever since.
Every time that the pair have gone head-to-head within the Champions League and La Liga, the outdated quotes have resurfaced however Ferreira is on document in concerning the matter as having lengthy since been resolved and the pair have maintained cordial relations away from the cameras.
It little doubt helps that the 74-year-old Ferreira has confirmed Mourinho incorrect.
Jesualdo Ferreira walks with Sir Alex Ferguson forward of Porto's Champions League quarter-final with Manchester United in April 2009
The preliminary newspaper column appeared within the week that Ferreira’s Braga had misplaced a derby sport to Vitoria Guimaraes. The in style notion on the time was that whereas Ferreira boasted a fame as one of many sport’s nice thinkers, that did not translate into outcomes.
He was even cruelly tagged with the nicknamed Professor Pardal, a reference to a cartoon inventor in Portuguese tradition whose madcap concepts hardly ever labored in apply.
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That all modified when Ferreira achieved one thing that even Mourinho by no means managed – profitable three consecutive league titles with Porto, all of them with Nuno within the squad.
Donkey, no extra.
Jesualdo Ferreira celebrates cup success with Nuno Espirito Santo at Porto
Jose Gomes was Ferreira’s assistant supervisor throughout that interval of unprecedented home success for Porto and noticed up shut simply why he is such a revered determine within the sport.
“Jesualdo is a master, you know,” Gomes tells Sky Sports.
“I worked with him for six years at Benfica, Porto, Malaga and Panathinaikos. I learned a lot from him, especially when it comes to thinking tactically and working with individuals.
“He made me suppose so much about that particular person work that you simply do with the gamers, serving to them to be taught. He is actually spectacular, actually robust in serving to gamers to be higher individually and to develop. Just take a look at the variety of gamers that Porto bought because of his work and the way these gamers modified and improved after working with him.
“I learned every day about his ideas. He really is a master.”
It is a view oft-repeated. Ricardo Quaresma has since mentioned that Ferreira was the coach who understood him finest, recalling the lengthy chats after coaching. Hulk has put it a lot the identical. “Besides being a coach, he is a good teacher,” mentioned the highly effective ahead just lately.
That chimes with the feedback of Radamel Falcao. “It was Jesualdo Ferreira who taught me what a striker should do,” mentioned the Colombian. This is a coach who conveys concepts.
Nuno embraced that.
“He was the first manager who really showed me how to prepare a training session in the proper way,” explains the Wolves supervisor. “We had these very long conversations. It was fantastic to speak for hours and hours about football, the triangles of the game.”
After their transient time collectively at Panathinaikos, each Nuno and Gomes launched into their very own pathways. Nuno is at Wolves, Gomes is now in Spain with Almeria. But the outdated grasp has been extra adventurous nonetheless, persevering with his work as a footballing missionary.
Veteran Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira with Xavi Hernandez in Qatar
There has been a title with Zamalek in Egypt, one other in Qatar with Al Sadd. As just lately as August, Ferreira was teaching Brazilian giants Santos, his ardour for the sport undimmed.
Now he is again in Portugal with Boavista.
“It is incredible because he is 74,” says Gomes.
“He was set a challenge to go to such an enthusiastic country as Brazil with all those fans and he took that challenge on with both hands. It is a very good sign that he feels at this age that same energy and passion to be working. He is an example for other coaches.”
Will Nuno nonetheless be going at that age?
Even the considered it is sufficient to boost amusing and a shake of the top.
“I don’t know,” he says. “You know how I go. Day to day.”
Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves host Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham reside on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm on Sunday; kick-off 7.15pm
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