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My Two Cents

January 10, 2013
What the Sousa apologists don't want you to realize

Sean David Johnson is a Red Bulls fan who lives in New York City

By Sean David Johnson
Special to

Here's what the Paulo Souza apologists don't want you to realize.

Paulo Sousa, by the numbers:

* Five coaching jobs in five years

* The Red Bulls would make six coaching jobs in six years

* Fired from Queens Park Rangers in less than five months

* Fired from Leicester City in less than three months

* Left two clubs by "mutual consent"

* Broke contracts at Swansea one year into a three-year contract

* Broke contract at Videoton 18 months into a three-year contract

* Did not meet expectations set for him at Swansea

* Could not repeat as league champion at Videoton, despite a positive record

* His winning percentages: 26.9 percent at QPR, 36.7 percent at Swansea, 33.3 percent Leicester, 58 percent at Videoton

* Zero Major League Soccer experience

Here are some quotes about Sousa:

* Former Swansea captain Garry Monk: “Looking back now, I’m glad we didn’t get into the playoffs with Paulo, as he did not deserve to be the one to take us to the Premiership.”

* More regarding Sousa's training methods: “It was frustrating in terms of training going from working intensely hard (under Martinez) every single day to, practically, not even getting a sweat on.”

* Swansea legend Lee Trundle: “He’d [Sousa] done brilliantly to begin with, but when things started to slide, he didn’t change anything. We’d be too reluctant to go for it in games and it cost us.”

* A review of "The Four Year Plan" by blogger Matthew Harrison about Sousa's time at QPR. “[Paulo] Sousa attempts to deliver a rousing, inspirational speech to his new footballing cohorts, but all look disinterested and only really acknowledge their new manager with a tepid round of applause as his speech continues.”

* Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, after taking over for Sousa at Leicester City. [he had been fired after three months]: “We could not sustain our energy for the full 90 minutes. Is there a fitness issue? Maybe we’ll see, starting tomorrow.”

Paulo Sousa has admitted that he goes where he thinks the better opportunity is. The implication, and evidence has been, that once he gets a better offer, he’ll leave. He was quoted as saying this after breaking his three-year contract with Swansea: “When I make steps it is because I feel it is a better step than before.”

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