Morais Introduces His Backroom Staff
With the appointment of Jose Morais, we already knew he had brought in former Portugal international Dimas to serve as his assistant, but he's also appointed Joao Cunha as his physical coach.
Dimas, as many will be aware, has significant playing experience, not just from international level, he counts Benfica, Juventus, Fenerbache, Sporting Lisbon and Marseille amongst his former clubs and he carried over 400 senior appearances to his name before he retired and moved into coaching.
Speaking to the Official Site Morais said of Dimas.
'Dimas is a player that I`ve known since my time with Benfica - he was there when I was at the club. He was a national player and a friend that I`ve known for many years and started to work with me selecting players. The experience that he has is definitely something that can create an impact; he has a great personality. He`s a reference as a football player with top quality - he`s played for Juventus, Marseille, Standard Liege, Benfica and for the national team and, for sure, he`s the influence and experience that we need in the moment that we are.'
Another familiar face arrives for Morais in the shape of Cunha, and not only has he worked alongside the gaffer previously during his spell at Antalyaspor in Turkey, the 42 year old already has previous experience of the English game having coached at Sheffield Wednesday.
Cunha also provides a secondary link with Manchester United given Morais' friendship with Jose Mourinho.
'Joao is an educated guy; he has a degree in Physical Education and Sports and has been working with me for many years. Joao is a direct cousin of Rui Faria - Jose Mourinho`s Assistant at Manchester United and also responsible for the physical training, so this is a family of people who are very orientated to the conditioning training.'
'He`s a very intelligent guy, very experienced. He has already worked in England at Sheffield Wednesday and then he was working with me in the Turkish Premier League and in Greece. He`s a guy with experience, with creativity, that knows the work that I want because he has practised with us several times while we were at Real Madrid and Chelsea.'