Port Vale coach Andy Smith has told the Times that manager Bruno Ribeiro is “going to the top.”
A wide-ranging interview with the Port Vale manager and first-team coach was published in the Times on Monday.
Smith told the newspaper: “We have good banter but I’m learning from him, still. He’s going to the top.
He’s class, the coaching sessions, the way he prepares, we have a plan A, B and C…
“He’s class, the coaching sessions, the way he prepares, we have a plan A, B and C. He’s more cool and calm than I am. Bruno lets me do my work though. He trusts me, but he’s the boss.”
Ribeiro commented on how he prepared for his move to English football saying: “Last year I was here for three months, just looking, watching the games. Championship games, because I’m very good friends with Carlos Carvalhal, [head coach] with Sheffield Wednesday. I watched one or two in other divisions, and started preparing to come back to England. [I believed] if I have a chance in England, with my work, with my staff, we can go to the top.”
The Vale manager also confirmed the influence that Jose Mourinho has had on his career saying: “What I do is 90 percent like him. I have my opinion, my ideas, I watched many, many training [sessions], took things from him, and combine with my ideas.”