Rui Faria, Mourinho’s Assistant For 17 Years To Exit Man Utd End Of Season

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho with Assisant Rui Faria


Rui Faria is to leave Manchester United at the end of the season, the club said on its website “” on Saturday.

The statement said Rui has worked for the club as assistant manager for the past two years and has worked with Jose Mourinho for over 17 years.

Rui Faria said: “After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on.


“I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences.

“However, I have felt for some time that I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life.

“My heartfelt thanks go to the manager, Mourinho, for the belief he had in me, all those years ago, when it all was just a student dream.

“I would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship,” he said.

Appreciating the club for the tume spent, Faria said: “I would also like to thank Manchester United and all the clubs where I have had the privilege of working during this period.


“I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the staff and players who, in different ways, have made an important contribution to my growth as a person and as a professional.

“I wish you all the best for the future, knowing that you will always be my close friends.”

In his part Mourinho said he would miss his old friend.

“Seventeen years… in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester. Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness.

“Seventeen years and the kid is now a man. The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager.


“I will miss my friend and that is the hardest thing for me, but his happiness is more important and, of course, I respect his decision, especially because I know that we will always be together. Be happy, brother!”, the statement said.


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