After Everton’s ugly start to the 2017/18 season, Ronald Koeman was shown the door as Everton boss. Now we look at his replacement, each in a detailed profile.
Manager since: 2004
Teams managed: Sporting CP (Juniors) 04-05, Sporting CP 05-09, Portugal 2010-14 and Olympiacos 2016-17.
Former playing position: Holding midfielder.
Achievements: x2 Portugese cups, x2 Portugese Super cups, unbeaten at home during 07/08 season.
One of 3-4 names that we have been informed are in the picture, Paulo Bento could be a vast outsider. For reasons other than people not knowing who he is, Bento’s track record doesn’t exactly shine him in the best of lights. The Portugese manager has so far resigned from 2 of his last 3 jobs, mainly due to runs of bad form culminating in fan dissatisfaction at both Sporting CP and Brazilian side Cruzeiro.
A lot can be said, however, for Bento’s form with young players. He is single handedly responsible for the rise of Nani, João Moutinho and Migel Veloso, after promoting all 3 from the Sporting youth side to the first team, after managing the 3 at youth level for 12 months.
Bento has had some success early in his managerial career. He has broken countless club records when he was at the helm at Sporting CP, including 5 consecutive years finishing in 1 of 2 Champions league places and winning back to back Portugal Super Cups for the first time at the club since 1974. His Sporting side performed well during their numours outings in the Champions league and before his departure was ristricted for the last few seasons by an ever tighteninh trasfer budget.
During Bento’s time as manager of the Portugese national side he took his countries best footballers to their highest ever FIFA ranking of 3rd, a position they still hold to this day. Paulo also took the team to a European championships semi final in 2012.
There’s no doubt that Paulo Bento sets a team up not to lose, but that somewhat risk free approach has brought criticism from fans at his previous clubs. Bento has yet to experience football outside of Portugal or Greece in his managerial career and more experience would probably be more appropriate for the Everton job. But, he is on Everton’s interview list as we understand.