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Getting To Know The Coaching Staff!

20 February 2018

We’ve heard about new Head Coach José Morais, but what of his backroom staff?

The Reds boss, appointed on Friday, has brought in former Portugal international Dimas Manuel Marques Teixeria, simply known as Dimas, as his Assistant and Joao Cunha as his Physical coach.
Dimas, a two-time Serie A winner with Juventus in the mid-90s, has a wealth of experience having also represented Portugal. He played alongside Zinedine Zidane, Edgar Davids, Didier Deschamps, Filippo Inzaghi, Alessandro Del Piero and Antonio Conte during his time in Turin, and was also a runner-up in the 1998 Champions League final.
A former left-back, the new Barnsley Assistant competed at Euro '96 and Euro 2000, and was part of the Portugal side that helped knock England out at the group stage in the latter tournament.
“Dimas is a player that I’ve known since my time with Benfica - he was there when I was at the club,” said Morais. "He was a national player and a friend that I’ve known for many years and started to work with me selecting players.
"The experience that he has is definitely something that can create an impact; he has a great personality. He’s a reference as a football player with top quality - he’s played for Juventus, Marseille, Standard Liege, Benfica and for the national team and, for sure, he’s the influence and experience that we need in the moment that we are.”
Meanwhile, Cunha arrives at Oakwell having previously worked alongside Morais at Antalyaspor in Turkey. The 42-year-old also has a strong knowledge of English football having coached at Sheffield Wednesday, prior to joining Barnsley.
And if Morais’ and Dimas’ combined connections in the football world were not enough, the Reds’ new Physical coach is a relative of one of José Mourinho’s backroom staff at Manchester United.
"Joao is an educated guy; he has a degree in Physical Education and Sports and has been working with me for many years,” continued Morais. "Joao is a direct cousin of Rui Faria - José Mourinho’s Assistant at Manchester United and also responsible for the physical training, so this is a family of people who are very orientated to the conditioning training.
"He’s a very intelligent guy, very experienced. He has already worked in England at Sheffield Wednesday and then he was working with me in the Turkish Premier League and in Greece. He’s a guy with experience, with creativity, that knows the work that I want because he has practiced with us several times while we were at Real Madrid and Chelsea.”

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