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21.11.2019 Football News

Who Is In Jose Mourinho’s Backroom Staff At Tottenham? Meet Sacramento, Nuno Santos Among Others

By talkSPORT
Who Is In Jose Mourinho’s Backroom Staff At Tottenham? Meet Sacramento, Nuno Santos Among Others

Jose Mourinho wasted no time starting work as Tottenham’s new manager.

The Portuguese met his new squad on Wednesday and immediately took training in the afternoon following his appointment as Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement.

Lille coaches Joao Sacramento and Nuno Santos are making the move to north London alongside their compatriot as part of his new-look back team.

Mourinho, the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss, signed a three-and-a-half-year contract less than 24 hours after Pochettino was sacked.

The 56-year-old, who had been out of work since leaving United last December, took his first session with the team on Wednesday afternoon ahead of his first game in charge against West Ham on Saturday lunchtime.

The game, which is exclusive and live on talkSPORT from 12.30pm, will see Mourinho’s side pit their wits against Manuel Pellegrini’s struggling Hammers at the London Stadium.

But who else will be joining the Portuguese’s backroom team alongside Sacramento and Santos, and what are their credentials? takes a look.

Who is in?
Joao Sacramento
The former Lille assistant manager will join Mourinho as his no.2 in north London.

Sacramento started his coaching career at the University of Glamorgan.

While in south Wales, he completed a degree in sports coaching and undertook a Masters in performance coaching, where he also took on the assistant’s role for the uni team.

The 30-year-old worked for the Wales FA as a performance analyst intern under Gary Speed and Chris Coleman, before moving to Monaco.

After helping Les Rouges et Blancs to the Ligue 1 title in 2017, he made the move to Lille, where he worked until Mourinho came calling this week.

He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Nuno Santos
As confirmed by the Lilywhites on Wednesday afternoon, Santos will join Sacramento at Spurs as goalkeeping coach.

The 46-year-old is a former goalkeeper who was once on Benfica’s books.

The Portuguese worked for the Canada national team before moving to Lille in 2018, with Mourinho watching the French side on plenty of occasions since leaving United.

Ricardo Formosinho
A former midfielder, Formosinho hails from the same city as Mourinho, Setubal.

He managed numerous teams in the lower divisions in Portugal and once coached Kuala Lumpur.

Formosinho started working with Mourinho at Manchester United in 2016 as technical scout and will do the same role at Spurs.


Formosinho worked as a scout under Mourinho
Giovanni Cerra
Cerra is another familiar face who will link up with Mourinho at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, working as a technical analyst, a role he has held at Man United from 2016-2018.

Cerra was born in Rome and moved to London to complete his studies in industrial design.

He briefly worked in Milan before graduating with a BA in 2006.

Cerra is an amateur biologist and spent time at the University of Plymouth for a 12 month exchange programme, before returning to study at Goldsmiths college in 2010.

Fans may remember Cerra after Mourinho gave him the full hairdryer treatment on the Old Trafford bench during a Europa League game against FC Zorya Luhanska after relaying an incorrect set of instructions to Paul Pogba.


Cerra helped United lift the Europa League trophy in 2017

Carlos Lalin
The Venezuelan will move to Tottenham as a fitness coach.

He previously worked with Mourinho at Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid and is one of his most trusted allies.


Lalin worked closely with Marcus Rashford during his time with United

Who is not joining Mourinho’s team:
Rui Faria
Mourinho’s trusted lieutenant from his roles at Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid will not be joining Spurs.

Faria met ‘The Special One’ at Barcelona when Louis van Gaal was in charge, with the duo forming an instant connection.

But Faria is now currently embarking in his first job as a manager, working for Al-Duhail in Qatar.

Given Sacramento has been appointed as Mourinho’s No.2, it is unlikely Spurs fans will see the Portuguese duo link up, for now.


The pair clicked immediately, with Mourinho choosing Faria to be his assistant and fitness coach in his first managerial role at Uniao Leiria

Silvino Louro
Like Faria, Loura has worked at numerous clubs with Mourinho as a goalkeeping coach.

The 60-year-old helped the likes of Petr Cech, Iker Casillas, Julio Cesar and David de Gea develop.

However, he will not be coming to Spurs. In fact, reports suggest he was not considered for the role of goalkeeping coach at Spurs.


Louro built up a strong working relationship with Mourinho

Stefano Rapetti
Rapetti was head of fitness at Manchester United, having worked with Mourinho before at Inter.

But, like Louro, it is understood he was not considered for the role.

Having been axed from his last three jobs, Mourinho has taken the decision to freshen up his backroom team.


Rapetti is another high-profile name who will not be coming to Spurs