Port Vale’s Bruno Ribeiro: ‘90% of what I do now I’ve learned from José Mourinho’

06 October 2016 12:40
The Port Vale manager on life in League One, the plight of his former club Leeds, a chaotic six-week spell in Bulgaria and his friend at Old TraffordThe only hint of a cloud to pass across Bruno Ribeiro’s face comes with the mention of a place that used to bring him so much joy. Ribeiro spent a two-month sabbatical watching matches up and down England during the spring and Elland Road, where he played for two seasons during that period in the late 1990s when Leeds United began to beguile everyone, was always going to feature somewhere. He deliberately picked a match against Queens Park Rangers in April – the occasion could double up as a reunion with his close friend and former Leeds team-mate Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – but the overriding sense was of wistfulness.“Just 17,000 people in there,” Ribeiro says with a long sigh. “For that club, a massive club … pffff … I just feel sad. Jimmy and I were talking afterwards, remembering how the supporters loved us at that time, how nearly 40,000 would come every week and make such an amazing atmosphere. To go there now and see how things are – it’s very difficult.” Related: Checkatrade Trophy rules circumvented by Bradford as attendances drop further Related: Josh Morris's strike of beauty keeps Iron at boiling point | Alan Smith Continue reading......read full article

Source: TheGuardian