How have Portuguese managers fared in the Premier League?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 January 2017, 14:12

Marco Silva’s appointment at Hull City means that he has become the third Portuguese coach to grace the Premier League dugout since the division’s inauguration back in 1992. The other two being Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas.

As Silva attempts to save the Tigers from the dreaded drop we take a look at how both Mourinho and AVB have fared over on these shores.

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea (2004-2007)

Mourinho, fresh from his Champions League success with Porto, made sure he made an instant impression on his arrival at Chelsea, boldly proclaiming he was “The Special One”. The Portuguese coach was arrogant and egotistical, yet entertaining, charming and above all successful: leading the Blues to Premier League brace, FA Cup glory, a couple of League Cups and an FA Community Shield, before infamously falling out with owner Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea (2013-2015)

After leaving Chelsea Mourinho memorably won the treble with Inter Milan (after winning the league and cup in his first season), before venturing off to Real Madrid where he hoisted the league title, Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup during a three-year reign.

Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge to a raucous reception, but while he fired blanks in his first season back, as promised he proceeded to lead Chelsea to the league and FA Cup double in 2014/15. However, the Blues endured a shocking start to the following campaign, leading to Mourinho’s departure in December.

Man Utd (2016-)

From the moment Mourinho left Chelsea he was ferociously linked with a move to Man Utd, which eventually came to fruition in May 2016. The 53-year-old stormed out of the blocks with four straights wins, before coming under-fire after suffering three consecutive defeats. But, he recovered with an unbeaten run of four wins and two draws, however one win in four saw him come in for some stick once again.

Since losing to Fenerbache in November Mourinho is unbeaten in 13 matches, 10 of which have been wins, including six successive victories in the Premier League. The Red Devils are now just three points off the top-4, although they remain outsiders for the title, given that they are 10 points adrift of the summit, plus there are five teams above them.

Andre Villas-Boas

Chelsea (2011-2012)

Andre Villas-Boas stormed to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2011 at the age of just 33, compact with a reputation as one of Europe’s top young managers following his treble winning season with Porto (they went undefeated in the league), which saw the media label him the “New Mourinho”.

Unfortunately for AVB he failed to live up to expectations, infamously falling out with a number of the club’s senior players which in turn led to his departure after just eight months. Chelsea memorably went on to win the Champions League (for the first time in their history) and FA Cup double under caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo.

Tottenham (2012-2013)

AVB didn’t have to wait long for a return to the Premier League dugout, signing a three-year deal to become the new manager of Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham. In his first season at the helm the Portuguese coach accumulated a club-record 72 Premier League points - and become the first Spurs boss to win at Man Utd in 23 years - however, the club agonisingly missed out on the top-4, to rivals Arsenal, by a single point.

Spurs were hurt by the departure of star man Gareth Bale in the summer of 2013, and after dropping to 7th spot following a 5-0 thrashing at home to Liverpool AVB departed in December by the old classic mutual consent.

AVB went on to manage Zenit Saint Petersburg and is now over in China with Shanghai SIPG…

Special Mentions

Here are a few other Portuguese gaffers that have graced (gracing) English football in recent years.

Paulo Sousa - Arguably the most well known Portuguese coach on these shores outside of Mourinho and AVB. The 46-year-old has previously had tenures at QPR, Swansea, and Leicester - lasting a combined 87 games.

Carlos Carvalhal - Currently in charge of Sheff Wed with whom he led into the Championship play-offs last season. Bidding for another top-6 finish this term (the Owls are 6th at the time of writing).

Bruno Ribeiro - Had a brief 29 game spell in charge of Port Vale, becoming the final Football League managerial departure of 2016 after he resigned on Boxing Day.

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