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Braga have chosen their next manager

Braga have chosen their next manager

Braga have chosen Ricardo Sa Pinto as their next manager.

Club president Antonio Salvador has chosen the 46-year old coach as the successor of Abel Ferreira, who has joined Greek champions PAOK.

Sa Pinto will sign on a two-year contract - which is somewhat optimistic looking at his managerial record.

Despite his first managerial job coming in 2012, the Braga job is already set to be Sa Pinto’s 10th in the seven years since.

He has never spent more than a single year at any club he has managed either, always either leaving or being sacked before his tenure lasts any longer.

He has significant experience across the continent though, having managed in Portugal, Serbia, Greece, Belgium and Poland, in addition to Saudi Arabia with Al-Fateh.

It started when he was appointed Sporting manager in May 2012 despite a lack of managerial experience. He was ultimately sacked under 5 months later after a 3-0 defeat to Videoton.

He then moved to Red Star Belgrade, a stint that lasted just three months, coming to a premature end after disagreements with the board.

He then managed OFI and Atromitos in Greece, followed by Belenenses of Portuga and, Al Fateh of Saudi Arabia, before then retruning to Atromitos for a second spell. None of those jobs lasted more than one season though.

More recently, he has managed Standard Liege (2017-18) and Legia Warsaw (2018-19).

Ricardo Sa Pinto. Photo author: Руденко Денис.  License link .

Ricardo Sa Pinto. Photo author: Руденко Денис. License link.

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