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.