The season 13/14 finished today and with it the time of Leonardo Jardim as our coach. It's a shame to see him go because he managed to build a very strong team and made the team play some very good football with not more than scarce financial resources.
The truth is also that all the good things that happened this season were not only due to LJ. Our Board and mainly our president were very much responsible for this good season so there is no reason not to believe that whoever is coming to replace Jardim will not be a good choice. Marco Silva, the former coach of Estoril, is the man that everybody is saying will take the job but that remains to be confirmed.
What is already confirmed is that we have two new players for the coming season, 22 year old Portuguese U21 international CB Paulo Oliveira (ex-Vitória de Guimarães) and the 20 year old Bulgarian box-to-box Simeon Slavchev (ex-Litex Lovech). Two young promising players that seem to fit the profile of most of the players acquired by the current Board.
Confirmed are also three departures. The Brazilian RB Welder, the Paraguayan RB/LB Iván Piris and the Brazilian midfielder Gérson Magrão are all leaving the club.
Let's see what the coming days, in the case of the coach, and months, in the case of players, will bring as changes in the squad.