Paulo Sergio’s disappointing managerial CV after leaving Hearts

Paulo Sergio is very keen on returning to Hearts as manager following the sacking of Ian Cathro, forwarding his CV on to the club’s owner Ann Budge after hearing the news, says

For Hearts fans, who became increasingly agitated as the Cathro era went on without any sign of improvement, the promise of a former hero returning to EH11 would be quite the boost. Sergio will forever be a legend in the eyes of the Tynecastle faithful for masterminding the 5-1 Scottish Cup final win over Hibs, even if his respect for the opposition denied Hearts the chance to run up a cricket score on their well-beaten rivals. Bringing the Portuguese coach back would be a great PR move by the club, but would he be the right person to take this team forward? Though he arrived in Gorgie with an impressive CV, which boasted a spell in charge of Portuguese giants Sporting, and did his credentials no harm in Edinburgh, since leaving his managerial reputation has declined somewhat after some disappointing stint around Europe, starting with…


CFR Cluj (Romania) The Romanian champions were fond of the odd managerial change, having replaced Jorge Costa with Ioan Andone with only a few weeks of the 2011-12 season left. Fortunately for them, the move worked, as Andone led the club from third place to top spot at the end of the season. The former Romanian centre-back then took the club into the Champions League group stages, where they were drawn against Manchester United. When Andone stepped aside following some disappointing league form, the stage was set for Sergio’s greatest triumph in his post-Hearts career. Cluj went to Old Trafford needing a victory to keep their hopes of reaching the last 16 alive and stunned Alex Ferguson’s side with an unlikely 1-0 victory. It wasn’t enough to get into the knockout stages, as Galatasaray dispatched with Braga to clinch second place, but they dropped into the Europa League where a very respectable 10 points earned from their six UCL Champions League group matches. It was all downhill from there. Following the winter break, Cluj exited European competition with a home-and-away two-legged defeat to Inter, and failed to win any of the first seven league games in 2013, prompting Sergio’s exit.

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