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Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim 'apologises' for untimely meeting with West Ham

Published at :April 27, 2024 at 7:51 PM
Modified at :April 27, 2024 at 7:51 PM
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Aditya Chauhan

The manager has been linked with several European clubs

Sporting Lisbon manager, Ruben Amorim, was unhappy with his recent decision and has apologised to the fans, players and the club.

According to The Athletic, the manager was set to hold talks with West Ham United this month. The Hammers and Liverpool were the two clubs fighting to sign the manager.

Liverpool are out of the equation as they are set to continue with Feyenoord manager, Arne Slot. The manager recently confirmed that both clubs have agreed on a deal and he is likely to take charge of the Merseyside club. This completely takes Amorim out of the equation.

It has been reported that Amorim already had a meeting with West Ham United. He flew to London and held talks with them. Ahead of Sporting’s match with Porto, Amorim said,

“The first thing to say is that the club knew about my trip, that’s the first thing, because it’s important and changes the context.” 

“The second thing to talk about is this ‘veil of secrecy’ around the trip. I ‘secretly’ parked my car outside, ‘secretly’ walked past 15 people, spoke with the people, took photos with people and got on a plane. It’s important to take away this idea that it was all done behind the club’s back, that didn’t happen. And now the most important point, that obviously it was a mistake.”

“The trip, the timing was completely wrong. I didn’t think so at the time but it was wrong, especially when I’m so demanding of my players, and I’m always the first to say that the problems of individuals can’t take over the team, and I’ve taken players out of the team for much less.

“It was my fault, I have to accept that and live with it. I didn’t think it was so bad at the time but thinking back on it it’s very clear. I’ve explained this with the players, the staff, but most important now is to carry on.

“I’m using the conference here to say sorry to the Sporting fans, the staff and above all to say sorry publicly to the players for the mistake that I made.”

Ruben Amorim has a contract until June 2026 with Sporting and they have set a €20 million release clause on him.

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