Serie A Man To Replace Rui Faria In Jose Mourinho’s Backroom Staff

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Jose Mourinho and United will need to get on with business after assistant manager Rui Faria’s departure. The Portuguese was a pivotal figure in Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff over the years, but the 17-year association now comes to an end.

The former Chelsea boss now wants to reshuffle his staff, and has eyed former Inter Milan coach Stefano Rapetti to join the club and help him out.

Rapetti has worked with Mourinho before at Inter and is all set to link-up with him. The fitness coach is stated to leave Sampdoria and join the two-time Champions League winning manager alongside other new faces.

United’s long-term serving midfielder Michael Carrick is also set to play a pivotal part in Mourinho’s coaching staff. He will be joined by United U18s coach Kieran McKenna.

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Rapetti knows Jose well and will add valuable input for the side. Earlier, the 41-year-old was in charge of the Italian club’s U19s when Mourinho arrived at Inter.


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Jose promoted Rapetti to the first team coaching staff in order to help the side on fitness and rehabilitation. The season went well, as he guided Inter to a treble in 2010.

Mourinho recently gave a warm farewell message to Faria in his press conferences besides stating that a former colleague could come in and join his staff. Although he did not reveal the person’s name.

Now, according to reports (via Daily Mail), it is likely that the man is Rapetti. Mourinho had also added that he does not like trained coaches and wants to shape his staff besides seeking to grow with each other.

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