Date: 20th February 2018 at 8:21am
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New Barnsley gaffer Jose Morais has declared he’s more than a simple coach – he’s a leader of men.

Having been appointed as Paul Heckingbottom’s replacement a few days back, Morais had already met with the media following his arrival at Oakwell but with a Championship clash against Burton Albion later this evening, yesterday he conducted his first pre game press conference.

Speaking to the Official Site he spoke mainly about what fans can expect from him and the side as he more gets his feet under the desk in the coming weeks.

Clearly though he’s relishing the challenge that faces him at the club.

‘I chose Barnsley because it is a challenge; I love challenges. I like challenges and my way to live is challenging myself and challenging others to achieve what people think is possible and much more, and that`s the reason why I decided Barnsley because they are in a situation where I think the team needs help.’

Building on the challenge point, he went on to say.

‘The team needs to improve, the team needs to make things better and I realise that it`s a young team with potential, with quality and I`m coming here to build the belief that it`s nearer for the team and all of the club to reach the goal that is a big goal. The goal is to be stable in the league.’

With Morais’ background well known and stints alongside ‘The Special One’ Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea prior to him making the step into a managerial position of his own making, the 52 year old said he still had a good relationship with Mourinho and fans will no doubt wonder if that turns into potential loan advantages in the coming summer transfer window.

‘When you speak about the name you make me laugh because it`s just happiness. Jose is a friend that brings me in memory many great things, many fantastic moments, fantastic things and he is a fantastic coach, fantastic manager that I have, not the luck, the blessing of knowing and have been working together for many years.’

He added.

‘He was very, very pleased. He had an opportunity to chat with me saying that he was very pleased and wished me success. You always can use your friends in the moments that you need, so, if I need, I`m certain and sure that I will have all of them helping me.’

Having managed in Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, he’s also not fazed about the challenge of the English game as he’s confident that his own football philosophy can be a success when the players understand his wants and desires but he was prepared to be patient in that adjustment knowing it wouldn’t happen overnight.

‘I would say that I am more than a coach; I am a leader. I`m a coach with vision, not only about the way to play but a way to live and a way to believe and a way to make things greater, bigger, better. That`s the coach I am. I want to go from what they have and change things in a way that the players can understand. It means I want to change things in a simple way, progressive, and not make a radical thing in a short period. But in the 4-4-2 that we have, we will slowly increase changes to go to the path that I want, which is more 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3.’

Part of his patience may be in the fact he fully intends that his 18 month deal will only be the start of a longer association.

‘I definitely see Barnsley as a long project and this is the main reason that brought me here. It`s a project for 18 months at the moment and my belief in my thinking is much more than this.’

Having watched on with new assistant head coach Dimas as we came from behind to take a point from Sheffield Wednesday, he also watched tonight’s opposition in action as they drew with Nottingham Forest and he was confident in the preparation he’s done for the match.

‘I think it`s the knowledge that any coach needs to compete in the league. It’s the knowledge about the players, about the systems, the organisations that can change every week according to the situation and the moment of the team and of the players. It`s the knowledge of someone that is studying opponents, understanding tactics and has been in football for many years.’

We’ll see if his honeymoon period begins instantly!