Liverpool have made some spectacular signings in recent seasons. Michael Edwards has become the envy of clubs around the world due to his eye for a bargain and keen negotiating skills. Despite all of our bargain buys, a coach was deemed to be our ‘signing of the season’ last year. The coach in question, Vitor Matos, has admitted he wants to be a manager in future.
“Signing of the season”
Last October we heard Pep Lijnders declare that Vitor Matos was ‘signing of the season’ for the club, telling a pre-match press conference:
“For me, he is our best signing this season…He is a talented coach, a very intelligent coach. We have already seen the impact he has made on them.”
The Portuguese coach was brought to the club to provide the link between the academy and the first team under the title Elite Development Coach, the role previously held by Pep Lijnders – the pair had worked together at Porto.
Vitor Matos wants to manage
Speaking to Record in Portugal, Victor Matos discussed his first year at Liverpool and opened up on his plans for the future.
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The coach was happy with this first season at Anfield, saying:
“It was a fantastic year, I’m proud and grateful, but I also feel more responsibility. I learned a lot and had several remarkable moments…I think I was successful and that I managed to evolve.”
When asked about whether or not he’d like to be a manager in the future, Vitor Matos replied:
“Right now, what worries me is Liverpool. It’s amazing to be able to live with people like Jürgen and Pepijn, I’m fulfilled and motivated. We never know what will come next, but I believe it will happen. I don’t know when it will be, but I’m not worried about it.”
What RTK has to say
If Vitor Matos is as impressive as those around him would have us believe then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t manage in future.
Whether or not he’ll manage at Anfield is an entirely different matter. It would be no surprise to see the Reds return to promoting from within after the demise of The Boot Room led to three decades without a league title.
We’re here for Pep Lijnders as manager and Matos as assistant, with Matos eventually succeeding the Dutchman.
This approach would help the squad transition more seamlessly than if we brought in a coach from outside the club.