Paulo Sousa

Full name: Paulo Manuel Carvalho de Sousa
Birthdate: 30.08.1970
Birthplace: Viseu, Portugal
Joined from: Swansea City
Nationality: Portugal
Honours: None
Other clubs as manager: Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City, Videoton
Serving Period: 07.07.2010 - 01.10.2010
Games: 12
Wins: 4
Draws: 2
Losses: 6

Manager profile

Sousa was the first man to manage City from outside the United Kingdom but his time at the King Power Stadium was brief, staying less than three months before being sacked for a poor start to the 2010-11 season, eventually being replaced by Sven Goran Eriksson.

He made a name for himself as a quality defensive midfielder, playing at big clubs around Europe. The Portugal player started his playing career in his home country with Benfica and then Sporting before attracting the interest of Italian giants Juventus. He played over half a century of league matches for Juve before moving on to Borussia Dortmund and then Inter. His playing career fizzed out with spells at Parma, Panathinaikos and then Espanyol. He played over 50 times for his country.

Sousa started his career in coaching with the Portugal national side, taking charge of the U15s and in the summer of 2008 was appointed assistant to Carlos Queiros. His time with Portugal saw him learn the ropes and Queens Park Rangers took a chance on him, giving him his first managerial role in late 2008, this despite ever playing or coaching in England. His term didn't last long, leaving the following April with the club claiming he divulged sensitive information without permission from the club, namely Dexter Blackstock's loan move to Nottingham Forest having been agreed without his knowledge.

He enjoyed a better time with Swansea City, where he led the Swans to their highest-ever league finish for 27 years, 7th in the Championship - just outside the play-offs. His success led to him leaving the club by mutual consent and being named Leicester manager days later.

But, despite trying to play flowing, attacking and attractive football, Sousa struggled in the opening games of the season. He was sacked less than three months later on October 1, co-inciding with the club having takeover talks with potential Thai owners. Still, he'd won just one of the first nine league games and swiftly departed before going on to manager Hungarian champions Videoton FC.

Sousa was well-known for being smartly suited and booted on the touchline in all of his managerial jobs, including City.

Competition Total Won Draw Lost F A Win %
League 9 1 2 6 10 22 11.11%
FA Cup 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
League Cup 3 3 0 0 8 5 100%
Europe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
All matches 12 4 2 6 18 27 33.33%
All matches(12)
Date Competition Opposition Result Pos Stadium
107.08.2010Championship Crystal Palace (A)2 - 313Selhurst Park
210.08.2010League Cup 1Macclesfield Town (H)4 - 3-Walkers Stadium
314.08.2010Championship Middlesbrough (H)0 - 017Walkers Stadium
421.08.2010Championship Burnley (A)0 - 323Turf Moor
524.08.2010League Cup 2Leeds United (A)2 - 1-Elland Road
628.08.2010Championship Reading (H)1 - 223Walkers Stadium
711.09.2010Championship Coventry City (A)1 - 123Ricoh Arena
814.09.2010Championship Cardiff City (H)2 - 120Walkers Stadium
918.09.2010Championship Queens Park Rangers (H)0 - 222Walkers Stadium
1021.09.2010League Cup 3Portsmouth (A)2 - 1-Fratton Park
1124.09.2010Championship Portsmouth (A)1 - 624Fratton Park
1228.09.2010Championship Norwich City (A)3 - 424Carrow Road

Paulo Sousa transfers in

Player Club Fee Date
Miguel Vitor Benfica On loan 09.07.2010
Leon Črnčič Atalanta Free 02.08.2010
Joao Teixeira Vitória Guimarães Unknown 06.08.2010
Michael Lamey Arminia Bielefeld Free 09.08.2010
Franck Moussa Southend United Free 13.08.2010
Yuki Abe Urawa Red Diamonds Unknown 26.08.2010
Carl Ikeme Wolverhampton Wanderers On loan 27.08.2010
Martyn Waghorn Sunderland £2,000,000 31.08.2010
Adam Smith Middlesbrough Unknown October 2010

Paulo Sousa bought 9 players for £2,000,000

Paulo Sousa transfers out

Player Club Fee Date
Nolberto Solano Hull City Free 12.07.2010
Harry Worley Oxford United Free 22.07.2010
Yann Kermorgant Arles-Avignon On loan 23.07.2010
Carl Pentney Colchester United Free 06.08.2010
Nicky Adams Brentford Unknown 19.08.2010
Aman Verma Kidderminster Harriers On loan 27.08.2010
Dudley Campbell Blackpool £1,250,000 31.08.2010

Paulo Sousa sold 7 players for £1,250,000
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