Jorge Jesus’ transition from player to coach didn’t take long to come about, when he was approached by the president of Amora while playing for the 3rd division side Almancilense: “Do you want to be our coach?”. The midfielder responded: “But I am a player!”…”I know, but I saw how to lead the team on the pitch.”
Starting his coaching career on the back of his inspirational leadership, that is certainly how Jesus has progressed since, arriving at Sporting after reaching the pinnacle of Portuguese football
In total, beginning with Amora, leading Felgueiras to promotion and Benfica in the Champions League (as well as time with E. Amadora, V. Setúbal, V. Guimarães, Moreirense, U. Leiria, Belenenses and Sp. Braga), Jorge Jesus had tallied well over 900 games as a coach on his arrival to Alvalade.
“The best way to guarantee good leadership is knowledge”, affirmed Jesus once in a press conference while at Benfica, going on to make it clear that he has no fear of taking on criticism when needed: “Defending is an art and when a team doesn’t defend well it is the coach’s fault.”
Tactically, Jesus defends that “the most important thing is what you learn in training. Positioning can change, but the principals are always the same. Creativity only comes after that”.
When it came to moving across Lisbon to Alvalade, there was only one demand that Jesus made: to coach the club that he loves, Sporting.