- All three club managers lost their long-time assistants within two months
- Mourinho, Klopp and Guardiola have never started a league season without the assistants
Manchester United Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho alongside Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola will heading into a new campaign without the support of their familiar and trusted assistants.
According to Daily Mail report, the trio of Rui Faria, Zeljko Buvac and Domenec Torrent spent a total of 45 years working as second in command to the three top Premier League coaches, but surprisingly the three assistants left their various duty posts within two months between April and June.
The report noted that sudden departure of the three assistant will no doubt leave the three managers heading into unknown territory when hostilities resume in the English topflight.
In additional, the Daily Mail report further disclosed why the three assistants coaches left, who has taken over their duties and asks how much of an impact their departure could cost the clubs.
Rui Faria (Jose Mourinho)
Years of service: 17 (Joined 2001)
Clubs with Mourinho: Uniao Leiria 2001*; Porto 2002–2004*; Chelsea 2004–2007; Inter Milan 2008–2010; Real Madrid 2010–2013; Chelsea 2013–2015; Manchester United 2016–2018. *Fitness coach
Departure date: May 2018
The new Premier League campaign is yet to kick off but Manchester United are already missing the services Faria at Old Trafford. The ex-fitness coach is usually the bridge regularly between Mourinho and the rest of the team.
When the Portuguese manager's allows his temper to get the better of him, it was Faria who usually calm down frayed nerves. When the ex-Chelsea boss goes tough publicly on a squad member, look out for Faria to checkmate any tension between them, you always see him reminding the manager of his responsibilities as well as comforting the player in question.
However, Faria opted to end their long relationship in May. Initially, it was thought the assistant coach was hunting for a management job himself, but failing to secure an alternative employment, it is reported that a fallout between the two coaches led to Faria’s sudden exit.
Looking ahead after Faria’s departure, Mourinho’s body language suggests he will not look for a successor, saying: “I will organise my coaching staff in a way where the assistant manager figure doesn't exist.”
On the other hand, even with Michael Carrick on the bench, Mourinho still has that bridge between himself and the squad. The ex-Red Devils midfielder, retired in the summer, headed straight into his coaching duties and is well respected among the squad members.
However, a crack seems to be appearing after Mourinho blasted transfer chief Ed Woodward for not splashing enough cash as well as his rocky relationship with French forward Anthony Martial.
Ordinarily, Faria would have taken charge but having bowed out; there is no one with the heart to keep Mourinho in check.
Zeljko Buvac (Jurgen Klopp)
Years of service: 17 (Joined 2001)
Clubs with Klopp: Mainz 2001–2008; Borussia Dortmund 2008–2015; Liverpool 2015–2018.
Departure: April 2018 – he’s still officially employed by Liverpool
Buvac could also be likened as a personal assistant to Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp during their 17-year relationship.
The Bosnian is an important adviser to Klopp as he takes charge of tactical planning alongside training ground.
“Zeljko is a master of all forms of training, I learn from him every day,” recalled Klopp while speaking about his assistant, who gave up his job as Neukirchen head coach to be Klopp assistant at Mainz in 2001.
“I've made a lot of good decisions in my career, but the best one was appointing Buvac as coach – he's the best coach I've ever known.”
Interestingly, it was exactly that reputation he gathered over the years that saw linked to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, which was reportedly the main reason he left Anfield.
However, the timing of his exit coming just before the Reds Champions League semi-final tie against Roma was suggested to be an ill feeling.
In addition, it was suggested that the in the final weeks of their union Buvac distanced himself from the rest of the gang to the point that he sat in the corner of the dressing room on his own while Klopp conducted a half-time team talk against Stoke City. He left Anfield citing 'personal reasons'.
At the moment, Buvac’s name is still listed as a coach on Liverpool's website, but it is looking more that Buvac will not return to Melwood as Klopp's has opted to replace him with Pepijn Lijnders, who was had a short and unsuccessful managerial job at Dutch side NEC.
Although Klopp has lost someone special in Buvac, he clearly rates the Dutchman highly but is willing to move on without a man he once labelled 'The Brain'.
Domenec Torrent (Pep Guardiola)
Years of service: 11 (Joined 2007)
Clubs with Guardiola: Barcelona B 2007-2008; Barcelona 2008-2012; Bayern Munich 2013-2016; Manchester City 2016-2018.
Departure: June 2018
The sudden exit of Torrent is quite different to both Faria and Buvac in the sense that their 11-year relationship ended without rancor.
Torrent was keen to a return to full-time management and was given the chance to replace Patrick Vieira at New York City FC, which is owned by the City Football Group.
“Though I have enjoyed a wonderful 11 years working alongside my colleague and close friend Pep Guardiola - it has always been my ambition to manage a team again and I really couldn't have hoped for a better opportunity than at this football club,” Torrent said.
The 55-year-old has worked with Guardiola since the early days while he was an assistant at Barcelona B before helping his claim wave of trophies (24 in total) to Barcelona's side, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
However, while his departure maybe seen as a loss for Guardiola, it opens the frontiers for Mikel Arteta to emerge as the new No 2.
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