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Monday, 12 May 2014 16:37

Managerial merry-go-round in Lisbon?

Rampant speculation concerning Jardim/Jesus at Sporting/Benfica

jorgejesus-fistpump.jpgleonardo-jadim-sporting-presentation.jpgSpeculation in Portugal is rife concerning who will be coaching the two Lisbon giants next season, with French club Monaco seemingly set to play a big role in determining who will be sitting in the dugout of the eternal rivals in 2014/15.
Despite (or because of) Benfica’s incredibly successful season, the sports press both at home and abroad have been feasting themselves on rumours and counter-rumours about the likely working location of charismatic coach Jorge Jesus when new campaign kicks off.
The man himself has been asked incessantly over recent months whether or not he would remain at the Estádio da Luz to see out the remaining one year of his contract. Several times Jesus has responded, “let’s stop this, I’ve got one year left on my contract, full stop,” although a distinct lack of conviction has been noticeable when proffering the words.
Should Benfica lift the Europa League in Wednesday’s night final against Sevilla and add the Portuguese Cup next Sunday in another final against Rio Ave it will complete an unprecedented four-trophy haul by the Eagles. Jesus’s stock may never be higher, and French paper L’Equipe ran a story on Saturday claiming the finishing touches were being put to a two-year contract to take the 59-year-old to Monaco.
However, no official word has come from the French side itself, or Benfica. Ironically, Leonardo Jardim, the coach of Benfica’s city rivals Sporting, has been heavily linked with the same job, both before and after the Jorge Jesus rumours surfaced. Indeed, today’s local sports papers all suggest Jardim is close to signing on the dotted line for the team of Portugal’s midfield dynamo João Moutinho, with Record claiming the club financed by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev will pay Sporting €5 million in compensation to release Jardim.

Marco Silva waiting in the wings

While the swirl of paper talk makes keeping track of the latest developments a tricky task, one concrete piece of information has come into play today. Estoril’s highly rated young coach Marco Silva has left the Lisbon coast outfit after a brilliant three-season spell in which he got the club promoted and qualified for Europe on two successive occasions, in spite of losing many of his best players over the period.
Silva was strongly linked with a move to FC Porto throughout the season, but the Dragons last week unveiled Julen Lopetegui as their new man in the dugout. Today’s Portuguese press suggests Silva has already been lined up to replace Jardim at Sporting.
Confused? Me too. We will find out soon enough, although at the moment there appears only one certainty. The decisions made in the boardrooms of the Luz and the Alvalade in the next few days will have a crucial bearing on how 2014/15 pans out.
by Tom Kundert
Comments (3)
Correction NJ
3 Tuesday, 13 May 2014 13:15
Chris (Canada)
Tottenham never looked for a coach in Portugal. They found AVB already in England, and while I can't stand the GInger Judas, it's obvious they should have given him a chance. I still think he's overrated, but he is a good coach.

As for the Lisbon merry-go-round, Jardim looks set to go to Monaco and Marco Silva looks ready to head to Sporting. This is very shrewd from SCP's side since they will surely get $$ for LJ's clause.

I think JJ will stay, but if he leaves who replaces him? Maybe VP?

I doubt the rumors
2 Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:21
I think the JJ rumors maybe over blown. Yes his stock is at an all time high but he's already around the top 10 best paid managers at the club level. Not that I doubt Monaco's ability to buy him out and take JJ from a top 10 to top 5or3 paid managers but there are so many other names that come up at that price point.

I have to agree that Silva has been extremely impressive and would be one of the few I could deal with gambling on but Sporting is likely a better place for him. Given how much of a raise Benfica has been in Europe, I prefer an experienced manager to keep us competitive at all levels. In Sporting's case they are still trying to improve financially. Silvia wouldn't break the bank and would likely get the most out of their squad to keep them in the running for CL spots so they can earn the cash needed to continue this rebuild.

Funny how Benfica and Sporting fans will likely be cheering on the opposite manager to get a nice pay raise elsewhere. It also says alot about the quality of Portuguese managers in this age. I can't recall a time where so many are being given this level of respect.
Silly season begins before end of campaign
1 Monday, 12 May 2014 18:50
More than a few clubs will be looking for a new manager.
The Spurs will be looking, but after the AVB disappointment, I don't think they'll go back to Portugal for a new manager.

Monaco would be a curious job, if not financially rewarding alone. The backing will be there, but they will fall pray to Financial Fair Play rules. I feel that the FFP is a farce, but Monaco could be made an example of. As much as City and PSG are way off in meeting standards, they at least could justify some of their deals.

Not sure if Blanc has inked a new deal, but PSG could do a lot better than him.

The question becomes where would these managers fit, to better their careers and resumes.
At Benfica, JJ is earning plenty and should be in the CL every year. I would like to think that a "name" would be as important as the "project".

Jardim is very interesting and, if I was a Maca Podre fan, concerning. This off season will be a big deal for Sporting and losing their manager does not bode well. Is it do to salary alone, or overall club finances and power.

As for Silva, anything would be a step up. If he was to go to Guimaraes and built that club back up, it would be great. Same with Braga. I know that Silva has done a tremendous job with Estoril, but going to a resurgent Sporting or dominating Benfica, it's a huge step up. Expectations are very different, as Fonseca discovered. To be fair, Fonseca doesn't have as good resume as Silva.

Should Benfica lose JJ, I hope we go after Pochettino.
I don't see any current Portuguese managers being in the loop.

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