Atletico-MG is not in a hurry to define his next coach, but that does not mean that the club has not been mobilized in this regard. Football director Rui Costa – who received a card-blast from President Sergio Sette Tsamara to resolve this issue – has been working hard in recent days with this mission. And a new technician entered the radar: Portuguese Jorge Jesus. There is already a contact between the top athlete and the coach. Rui Costa is personally ahead of the talks.
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Jorge Jesus has his entire career (except Al Hilal) built in Portugal – Photo: Reproduction / Twitter
Rooster "opened the range" to evaluate foreign technicians after receiving two deductions on the domestic market. Tiago Nunes and Rogério Ceni were contacted by the club, but decided to stay in Atletico-PR and Fortaleza, respectively. After that, with great caution, Atletico MG began to evaluate the international options.
Patience has a very clear motive: the board of athletes understands that there is no more room for error in the choice of the commander. The rooster wants the next thing to last, unlike the last. To do this, evaluate a series of details and profiles to make a decision. It shows that the next coach, regardless of who he is, will sign with Atletico-MG by the end of 2020, when the current president's term ends.
Jorge Jesus is unemployed from the end of January, when he left Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia. Before working on the Arabian market, the Portuguese led Benfica and then Sporting. As follows from two jobs in structured clubs in Europe and one in the Arab world, Jorge maintains a high standard of salary, which can be an obstacle to coming to Brazil.
Rui Costa is in charge of negotiations with the next Atletico-MG coach – Photo: Rafael Araujo
Despite this, the coach said, in a recent interview with the Portuguese press, that he has a dream to work in Brazilian football. Rooster is not the only interested one. Vasco also maintains contact with the coach and prepares the draft.
Jorge Jesus is 64 years old. He was a professional football player, midfielder and had a full career built in Portugal. He started his coaching career in 1989 and did not leave his homeland until he hit Al Hilal in mid-2018. The first experience outside of Portugal lasted only six months.