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Talented coaches who deserve a shot at the Premier League; Volume One – Paulo Sergio

I’ve been inspired to start this blog regarding coaches purely for my love of the beautiful game!

The Premiership has been brought back to life with the arrival of a certain Mr Mourinho with his unique personality and quick answers but is there really anybody to rival him?

Tactically, the answer is yes. With his not so little protégé AVB having a great first season with Spurs, the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini to Manchester City, Arsene Wenger’s legendary late season come-backs and of course David Moyes having to fill the boots left by Sir Alex Ferguson, the title race could be an exciting one this season.

However on a personality basis, there isn’t much competition.

Step forward Paulo Sergio, or if you’re Scottish, you’ll know him as ‘Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Paulo Sergio, Sergio’

Brief introduction if you don’t know about him;

  • he’s a Hearts legend for winning them the Scottish Cup 2012
  • masterminded a CFR Cluj victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford
  • coached top flight Portuguese clubs such as Pacos de Ferreira and Lisbon giants, Sporting Clube de Portugal
  • currently coaching Cypriot champions Apoel Nicosia

He speaks English like a national, has the attitude you love to hate, looks every bit the Premiership part and most of all – he can handle the press; once claiming that ‘even Mourinho has a lot to learn’ (Scottish STV 2012).

Paulo Sergio has a proven track record of achieving success, he just seems unlucky when it comes to sackings. Boardroom changes at Sporting caused him to leave and despite winning Hearts their first major trophy in years, they offered him a pay cut, leaving him no option but to search for a new challenge.

You can’t argue with a man who’s team, let’s say who were considerably weaker than Manchester United, outplayed the Red Devils and won courtesy of a wonderstrike by Luis Alberto and shocked European football in last season’s Champions League.

He might not yet have the experience to manage a top Premiership club (he would probably tell you he did) but he deserves a shot with a mid-table club and see what he can do. Any Premiership club owners should be willing to take the risk with this guy, he will bring you success.

If Apoel make it into this season’s Champions League then don’t expect them to be the whipping boys.

Seriously, he would make a great addition to the Premiership – trust me!

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