Former European champions Porto appointed much-travelled Jose Peseiro as their new manager on Tuesday, in place of Julen Lopetegui who was fired just 10 days ago, ruling out all the rumours suggesting a welcome return for Jose Mourinho.

Peseiro previously worked with Egyptian side Al Ahly, happens to be the ninth man to coach the 27-times Portuguese champions in last twelve seasons since Jose Mourinho departed. Al Ahly recently said in an official statement that they sacked Peseiro because he was unable to withstand pressure and criticism.

Porto, whose stranglehold on the Portuguese league have loosened in the past two seasons, revealed in a statement that Peseiro has signed an 18-month contract.

The 55-year-old coach has managed 12 clubs in Portugal, Greece, Romania, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt and even enjoyed one-year spell as assistant to Carlos Queiroz when he was managing Real Madrid in 2003-04.

Few weeks ago when Porto fired manager Julen Lopetegui, there were several reports linking Jose Mourinho to his former club but those reports remained unconfirmed as Mourinho was still waiting for Manchester United to announce their next boss if van Gaal is sacked.

However, it is the first time Peseiro has been appointed as one of Portugal’s big three teams coach since his controversial experience with Sporting Lisbon when they missed out the chance to win both the league and UEFA Cup title dramatically in 2005.

Level with Benfica with two rounds of matches to go in the Portuguese League that season, they eventually lost 1-0 to their neighbours in the title decisive match and finished third.

They were also beaten 3-1 by CSKA Moscow in the old UEFA Cup final, despite playing with home advantage and taking the lead first.

Porto have won the Portuguese league nine times out of eleven between the 2002/03 and 2012/13 seasons, but arch-rivals Benfica snatched the title in each of the last two seasons.

Porto now sits third in the league, five points behind Sporting, and were ousted from this season’s Champions League in the group stage.

 

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