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Fulham are set to appoint new Assistant Manager

last updated Wednesday 22nd May 2024, 9:51 AM

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Fulham are set to appoint Goncalo Jose Goncalves in a first-team coaching role, sources have told Football Insider.

The 37-year-old has spent the past few months managing Primeira Liga side Casa Pia after being appointed in February this year.

But he has now agreed terms with Fulham and is set to be announced by the club soon as Marco Silva’s new assistant manager at Craven Cottage.

The Portuguese had his work permit approved on Tuesday (21 May) by an independent FA commission.

Goncalves will replace Luis Boa Morte, who accepted an offer from Guinea-Bissau to become their new manager at the end of the season.

Boa Morte returned to Fulham in July 2021 when Silva took over the reins at Craven Cottage before leading the club back to the Premier League.

The Portuguese, who previously spent six years with the Cottagers as a player, has helped his compatriot consolidate a place in the top flight over the past couple of years.

After finishing 10th in 2022-23, that was backed up by a 13th-placed finish in the recent campaign as Fulham steered well clear of the relegation zone.

Silva’s side did, however, only win two of their final nine Premier League games as their form was relatively hit-and-miss throughout this calendar year.

It now looks as though Goncalves will be the man to come in and help Silva continue his work in west London.

He previously played under the Fulham boss at Portuguese top-flight club Estoril for three years between 2011 and 2014.

Since retiring as a player in 2021, Goncalves has undertaken coaching roles at Real Massama, Estoril and Casa Pia before being handed the top job by the latter in February.

The Portuguese guided the Lisbon-based club to a ninth-place finish in the Primeira Liga after claiming five victories in his 13 games in charge.

Source Wayne Veysey at footballinsider247
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