Benfica’s SAD co-CEO Domingos Soares Oliveira has acknowledged the failure of the Reds’ past two seasons and blames the choice of Jorge Jesus and the transfer window move.
“A lot of things failed, the market options certainly failed, we had a team that wasn’t balanced enough. We admit that the tactical and technical options also failed. What led to the hiring of this coach [Jesus] it was a logic of rapid result, it must be recognized. We were not looking for a coach who could be part of a strategy followed over several years, concerning a balanced bet between experienced players and players in training, so the option was taken knowingly”, he declared in an interview with the ECO newspaper.
The manager incarnate assumes that the structure is already preparing for the next season with the intention of not making any more mistakes.
“There are a number of failures in external terms, [mas] more than anything else, it’s important to fix what we can fix internally, and then worry about external factors. That’s what we tried to do this season. We do not limit ourselves to checking the results, but in everything we are already doing to prepare for the new season, there is clearly an intention not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
This idea manifested itself in the choice of next coach, Roger Schmidtwho took advantage of the differences that existed in the management of the club since the departure of Vieira, since the executive committee was created, where “there are four people who deal with all matters related to football”.
“Choosing a new coach was a process that took time, which put together a set of coaches who could be an option, whether at national or international level,” he began by explaining. .
“It was a process in which the criteria were defined according to a document called the “Strategic House”. This process has never been used internally, it is a much more sustained process. And the same applies to players. That’s not to say there aren’t, as there always have been, managers who come knocking on our door and say they have a great player and great opportunities, but what we’re trying to to do, and we have done, is to be more careful and not to go right after the first opportunity that presents itself,” he added.
The co-CEO of SAD understands that “the figure of the president is completely irreplaceable, but that does not mean that the president must decide alone”. The manager also highlighted Rui Costa’s ‘willingness’ to ‘get involved in a relatively short squad that helps him make a decision’.
Soares Oliveira also explained the factors that led to Schmidt’s choice. “There is still no hiring of a coach, we just said that we had an agreement in principle. [Mas]if you look at his CV, he is someone who fits well into Benfica’s strategy, which has long focused on the balance between players from the younger strata and more experienced players.”
The director also looked at John Textor’s attempt to join SAD Incarnate and felt that the American investor had an “interesting” project, as he “intended to reach an agreement with one or more shareholders with the aim to gather a participation of approximately 25%’.
“What was actually his project is interesting. His goal was to put Benfica on the New York Stock Exchange, and in doing so, the shares he bought here at a certain value would be worth a higher amount in New York. It was his logic as an investor, completely understandable”, he underlined.
After making contacts to understand the contours of a potential listing on Wall Street, Soares de Oliveira says management has “come to the conclusion that whatever gains might be made for Mr. Textor, and possibly for Benfica, if the club wanted to take a small stake and also put it in New York, the cost it would have for society was absolutely unbearable”.
The red leader saw nothing to “frighten” him in John Textor and assured that the club “will not diminish its position” as the main shareholder of SAD.
“I even thought he was an interesting person from the point of view of a series of ideas in terms of technology and television rights. But let’s say that the underlying project scared us more,” he concludes. .