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Wednesday, 27 January 2010 11:03

Machado back at the helm for Nacional

Experienced coach makes full recovery from serious illness

Manuel MachadoManuel Machado has resumed his post as Nacional’s head coach, after a 2-month absence owing to serious illness. Serbian caretaker boss Predrag Jokanovic steps down after having looked after the team on an interim basis.
Machado was in intensive care in late November in a life-threatening situation after a liposuction operation led to a generalised infection. Thankfully, the 53-year-old, one of Portugal’s consistently most successful coaches over recent years, has made a full recovery and is now back on the training pitch in Madeira.
“At this moment of my return I have to address my thanks in several directions: to my coaching colleagues for the good work they did; to my players for their good performances; to the board for their understanding with regard to what I went through; to the fans, many colleagues, friends and anonymous people who sent me messages wishing me a quick recovery,” said Machado.  
“I would also like to thank the health service providers who treated me extremely well.”

Looking forward to the rest of the season, Machado is happy to follow the “one match at a time” philosophy, but admits that he is aiming to lead the islanders to European qualification again.
“Our obligation is to fight in every game for our best performance possible. We want to sum the 50 or 52 points necessary to make qualifying for Europe a reality.”

by Tom Kundert

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