JOSE MOURINHO’S new assistant manager took his first steps in coaching as No 2 for a humble Welsh university team.Joao Sacramento was named as Mourinho’s right-hand man at Tottenham on Wednesday after making the switch from Lille.3 Joao Sacramento was always set for a top club due to his dedication, says now-Welsh FA technical director Dave AdamsCredit: Getty – Contributor3 Joao Sacramento kicked off his coaching career with the University of Glamorgan teamBut the 30-year-old from the Portuguese city of Braga has strong roots in Wales, where he combined studies at the University of Glamorgan with coaching.Welsh FA technical director Dave Adams, who was both Sacramento’s lecturer and manager of the uni team, said: “Joao had an incredible appetite and was so motivated to be a coach.“I remember he said to me, ‘Can I come along and help you with the training?’“It was his first flavour of coaching.“He just wanted to be involved, so he took any opportunity and wanted to learn.“I can see why he’s got to an elite club like Tottenham because of his pure determination.“As time went on, I gave him more coaching responsibility.“He was so young, the same age as the students but his eye for detail gained him respect.“He thought about the game in an analytical way.’ON THE COAL FACE’“He’d translate our games well into training, so we knew what we needed to work on and what the opposition strengths and weaknesses were.“Our training was aligned to a game-plan.“He’d help with the coaching but if we had a meeting where we would do a presentation to the players he would collect clips from the opposition.“If I was late for training for whatever reason he would go and set up the session.“It really was on the coal face.“We won three promotions in three seasons.“It’s a nice story. I still speak to him regularly and I hope he’s a success at Spurs.”3 Jose Morinho surprised many by naming Joao Sacramento as his Spurs No2Credit: PA:Press AssociationSacramento almost did not start the football coaching and performance course at the now University of South Wales.Adams added: “I remember his family didn’t want him to do the course in 2007.“His dad wanted him to be an engineer instead!“But he got a first-class honours degree and a distinction at Masters level, which he did part-time over two years.“During that time I also got him placements at Cardiff City’s academy and the Welsh FA to gain experience.“He did opposition analysis for Wales across all levels before he joined Monaco to do the same.“From Braga to the valleys in South Wales to study a specific football coaching course was unusual back then but it shows there is a pathway to the elite level.”Sacramento also used to study the Special One’s methods.Adams said: “Mourinho has a clear methodology of work.“It is called ‘tactical periodisation’, which is a training football methodology and is something Joao is a strong believer in.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one“He studied that as part of the degree.“So I can see why he has ended up working with Mourinho because the way he works will be aligned to how Mourinho works.“Being Portuguese, Mourinho is a role model to someone like Joao.“He will be able to implement that working on the training pitch.“He’s a very bright lad and can converse in three languages, English, French and Portuguese.“So given Joao’s broad skill set and educational background, I’m sure he will fulfil various roles very effectively.”most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticAdams, who has also worked at Swansea, Everton and Middlesbrough, was a mentor for Sacramento on the course in the valleys.He added: “We worked out of a Portakabin at Treforest and did most of the work on 3G pitches.“Now that has advanced to an indoor barn with GPS recordings but back then it was pretty unsophisticated. It’s a bit different to Tottenham, where their training facilities are world class.”Jose Mourinho meets Son and Tottenham players in first training session at the club
Having lost the final in the last two seasons, the Jaypee Punjab Warriors finally struck gold to become third-time lucky and clinched the Hockey India League (HIL) title in the fourth edition of the six-team tournament at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium on Sunday.The Chandigarh-based outfit beat Kalinga Lancers 6-1 in the summit clash where Armaan Qureshi, Matt Gohdes and Satbir Singh scored a field goal each for the Warriors. Skipper Moritz Fuerste scored the Lancers’ lone goal of the match, coming in a penalty corner. The unique feature of the tournament was that each field goal counted for two.The Warriors were on the gas right at the start as their forward Armaan Qureshi gave the Punjab team exactly what they needed by scoring a goal as early as in the fourth minute. Qureshi got past two defenders and at the right moment reverse flicked the ball past Lancers’ goalkeeper Andrew Charter, becoming the Warriors’ top goal-scorer of the tournament with four.The Warriors were clearly the dominant team in the first half of the match, keeping possession and regularly playing in the Lancers’ half of the pitch. Australian Charter was a busy man in the evening as he had to make multiple saves to keep his team in with a chance.Lancers’ skipper and two-time Olympic champion Fuerste of Germany showed his class in the 24th minute when he managed to put the ball past Warriors goalie Clemons Tristan to make it 1-2 for the Lancers, who qualified for the knockouts for the first time in the HIL.advertisementAfter the mid-way break, the Warriors came out even more aggressively, continuously pressing the Lancers’ defence deeper into the scoring arc. The efforts finally bore fruit in the 39th minute when forward S.V. Sunil worked out a brilliant ball and passed it to Australia’s Gohdes, who had no difficulty in converting it into a goal.The score went up to 4-1 in favour of the Warriors thanks to some brilliant work from Sunil and a nice finishing touch from 2014 World Cup-winner Gohdes.The Warriors did not have to wait long enough as three minutes later Satbir built a fantastic ball, moving past the Lancers’ defenders with quick pace to finally score the last of the match to make it 6-1 in the 42nd minute.By now the game was beyond the reach of the Bhubaneswar-based team, who seemingly appeared jaded in the last quarter of the match. Just moments later, the hooter blew loudly in the stadium to give the Warriors their first trophy in the four-year history of the tournament.Earlier in the day, 2014 edition winners Delhi Waveriders defeated last year’s champions Ranchi Rays 2-0 in the third place match. Mandeep Singh’s lone field goal was enough for the Delhi-based team to seal third position in the tournament. The Waveriders had lost the semi-final 1-3 to Jaypee Punjab Warriors here on Saturday.Waveriders’ defender and penalty corner expert Rupinder Pal Singh was named the player of the tournament.