terça-feira, 16 de fevereiro de 2010
Vítima do seu próprio sucesso
«Perhaps the greatest challenge for a manager isn’t building success, it’s rebuilding. You win silverware with a group of players and then — because they’ve aged or because your owner decides to cash in — you have to start over. Except because you’ve been successful and fans and media have grown accustomed to it, the pressure to win right away is immense, despite the new cast of characters.
Jesualdo Ferreira, the Porto coach, knows a thing or two about this. In June 2008, he won his second consecutive league title with Porto, the club’s third in a row. That summer he lost Paulo Assunção, his midfield general, José Bosingwa, his pacey right back, and Ricardo Quaresma, his star winger. Undeterred, Ferreira again won the Portuguese championship, becoming the first coach to win three titles on the bounce. And, again, his squad was gutted.
Porto earned more than £100 million from those deals; less than a third was reinvested in the side. Imagine Arsène Wenger losing Bacary Sagna, Gaël Clichy, Cesc Fàbregas, Alexandre Song, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie over two seasons and you begin to understand the transition facing Ferreira, who, effectively, has become a victim of his own success.»
in The Times, 15/02/2010
Interessante a forma como lá fora, com distanciamento, se olha para o FC Porto e para o trabalho de Jesualdo Ferreira.