Jose Mourinho's assistant Joao Sacremento 'studied hard and had ambition' says Technical Director Dave Adams
25 November 2019

Jose Mourinho's assistant Joao Sacremento 'studied hard and had ambition' says Technical Director Dave Adams

By Callum Ellis

A former Football Association of Wales Trust performance analyst intern has been appointed as Jose Mourinho’s No.2 at Tottenham Hotspur.

Joao Sacramento was confirmed as the Special One’s assistant after he succeeded Mauricio Pochettino in north London. 

Sacramento - who hails from Barcelos in Portugal - spent three years working for Ligue 1 outfit Monaco, helping the club to the league title.

He earned a move to fellow French club Lille in 2017 before he was confirmed as Mourinho’s assistant last week.

The 30-year-old analysed the three-time Premier league winner's coaching methodology during his days at the University of Glamorgan, known now as the University of South Wales - an exclusive partner of the FAW Trust.

FAW Trust technical director David Adams taught Sacramento - who studied coaching and performance - during his university studies.

Sacramento described him as his ‘football father’, and his former lecturer Adams insists the Portuguese had to make many sacrifices to get to the position that he finds himself in today.

"It's great to see Joao moving to Tottenham because it's very difficult having not played at the highest level to get a job at the highest level," Adams told BBC Sport Wales.

"It's a nice story - to see that if you study and have that level of ambition, you can get to the top.

“Joao is very meticulous, determined and motivated. He lives and breathes football.

"You have to make a lot of sacrifices and he has done that - football is his entire life.

"He will spend his whole life analysing and observing football. He is that type of individual. I am sure that will work well with Mourinho."

Mourinho and Sacramento both enjoyed their first game in charge on Saturday with Spurs securing a 3-2 win over West Ham, their first victory away from home since February.