He shares a first name, nationality and might even have been recommended by the legendary Mourinho, but the managerial career of new Super Eagles Head Coach, Jose Peseiro is nothing like the Special One’s.
The journeyman manager has been on something of a world tour, managing teams in Africa, Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, South America and Europe in a career spanning 19 years.
But an examination of his career by Quest Times has shown one littered with failures, short managerial terms, mixed with one or two league cups.
A glance at his career and Mourinho’s “Specialist-In-Failure” jibe comes to mind. Judging from his career, it’s easy to see why his appointment as Super Eagles boss left Nigerians stunned and unimpressed.
Here is a list of teams, where Jose Peseiro has either being fired, or resigned from;
Real Madrid (Assistant Manager)
Jose Peseiro managerial career started as the No 2 man to Carlos Queiroz at Real Madrid in the 2003-04 season, but both parties failed to last beyond the season, after surrendering the LaLiga title to Valencia they were fired.
Peseiro split from Queiroz and returned home to Portugal in the 2004-05 season to take charge of Sporting Lisbon, where he managed a UEFA Cup runner-up medal.
Following shock eliminations from the Champions League, UEFA Cup, he resigned in October 2005
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Jose Peseiro set his sights on Greece, where he was handed the reins in 2007 to manage Panathinaikos, but was sacked for failing to win the league and losing to rivals Olympiakos.
The next port of call for Jose Peseiro was Romania, appointed to manage Rapid Bucaresti in 2008, where he was fired after being eliminated from the UEFA Cup by Wolfsburg.
Luck was on his side as he was reinstated a few days later. He would later step down in January 2009 after failing to agree to a new deal with the club.
Journeyman Peseiro was on the move again to manage Saudi Arabia in 2009, where he presided over a failed 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.
He was later fired after an opening loss to Syria in the AFC Asia Cup in January 2011.
Peseiro returned to Portugal where he was appointed as Braga manager in June 2012. He took them to the Champions League for the second time in their history.
Despite winning the League Cup and finishing fourth, both parties agreed mutually terminate his contract 2013
After touring Europe and Asia, Jose Peseiro landed on the African continent in 2015 to manage Al Ahly, where he managed a rare impressive run, winning 8 games, losing two with as many draws.
But lack of trust from the fans ensured his departure in the same year of his arrival.
Peseiro returned to Portugal where he replaced Julen Lopetegui in January 2016, he was relieved of his duties at the end of the season. He recorded more losses than his predecessor and lost the League Cup to former side Braga.
Peseiro returned to Braga in June 2016 but was fired in December of the same year following elimination from the Europa League and Portuguese Cup.
Jose Peseiro continued with his world tour to the United Arab Emirates, where he took over at Sharjah FC in 2017. He was fired nine months into his reign
Peseiro once again returned to Portugal, where he was appointed as Vitoria Setubal manager in February 2018. But for unstated reasons, Peseiro rescinded his contract.
Peseiro returned for another try with Sporting in July 2018, but as usual, he didn’t last long and was fired on the 1st of November of the same year.
Back on his world tour, Peseiro touched down on the South American continent in February 20202 to manage cash-strapped Venezuela. He would find no success here, as his side was eliminated in the group stages of the 2021 Copa America tournament.
Jose Peseiro would later step down in August 2021 citing unpaid wages (the irony, this guy never jam NFF).
Based on his career, you have to wonder why the NFF appointed a man who has managed teams in over 11 different spells with little to nothing to show for it?
Was the development of the Super Eagles a factor in his selction or was the NFF looking for a man who will play ball?