Miguel Ribeiro, president of Famalicão, speaking at the “Thinking Football Summit”, highlighted the club’s growth in recent years and stressed that the path is towards continuing to grow
The president of Famalicão admitted this Friday that he regrets that coach João Pedro Sousa is not leading the I Liga team for the fifth consecutive season, highlighting his importance as leader of the Famalicão group.
The coach took over Famalicão when they were promoted to the I League, five seasons ago, I then left to represent other projects
“The issue of coaches is sensitive. I usually jokingly say to João Pedro Sousa: ‘I’m in charge of the club, but you’re in charge of the team’. The coach is the key player. We had some coaches… more than I would like. I would have liked to have just had João Pedro Sousa. My regret is that João Pedro Sousa didn’t have his fifth season. Because of his competence, because of what I like about him. Today it’s a joy to be able to count on him and a sadness that he can’t have been there all this time”, he highlighted at the Thinking Football Summit, which takes place at Pavilhão Rosa Mota, in Porto
The director also highlighted the club’s growth in recent years and stressed that the path is towards continuing to grow.
“Famalicão is being built with vision, work. It is a great example of how to do it. We are better now than we expected five years ago. It fills us with pride, but it is also a responsibility to do more. We cannot stop. Moving forward together it is a flag that we will always have”, he further pointed out.
Miguel Ribeiro also mentioned what it means to be “a Famalicão player”
“A Famalicão player is a young man with a lot of potential, that we can develop, but that the next club will be able to benefit from even more than us. When you sign a Famalicão player you know that he will be very good at your club. You are sure that whoever buys, buys with quality. This gives us the responsibility to look well, and work them well. Today, when I see Pote (Pedro Gonçalves) and Ugarte at the level they are at, it’s a mix of pride and satisfaction”, he said.