Paulo Bento: «The aim is to win titles»
One year as main coach of the Lions
Transl. from Record.pt
Paulo Bento completes today one year as main coach of Sporting. 41 games, of which 28 were won, and plenty of emotions. He speaks to 'Record' of the "pride" he feels for representing the club, tells what he wants for the future and recalls the first day.
"At the time that I accepted there wasn't much time to think. But if I did accept the honourable invitation that I have received that was because I was convinced that I could be useful and contribute for all that Sporting can reach. Nevertheless, it was onbviously an important decision and very rewarding, personally and professionally."
Unanimous amongst Sporting's fans, the young manager is also grateful to the Lions. It was in Alvalade that he won titles and ended his career as a player. It was also there that he started his career as a coach, first at the U-19 (champion) and now at the main team. "I feel pride and satisfaction in a work to which I have dedicated myself with all the commitment and dedication. Basically, I've tried to use an opportunity that was offered to me with the aim of doing the best I can for the club that I've been working for in the last six seasons, where I finished one career and started a new one."
The quality of Bento's work is visible. But the coach wants more. "The aims are the same as always: to win titles, all those that are available and that I couldn't reach in the first eight months. It was that my purpose when I took the decision of being Sporting's manager and that will remain unchanged as long as I will be in this post."
Ambition is one of the qualities that Sporting's president, administrator and football director all appreciate in Paulo Bento. Soares Franco would like that he would "be like Ferguson, meaning that, independently from a less positive season, he could stay for many many years".
Leaders and friends, Carlos Freitas and Pedro Barbosa praise Bento in everything. The first maintains with him "a relationship of affinity and ilimited trust", the second recalls that since they were colleagues in Guimarães he could see him "as a coach".