Sporting Club de Macau announce new manager
19 January, 2018
Sporting Club de Macau has announced that Frenchman Kévin Gauthier has been appointed the clubs new manager.
After spending the last five seasons with the club manager João Pegando was let go for failing to gain promotion to Liga de Elite in the previous season. Despite the fact his club won the Taça de Macau in the previous season the board believed that was not enough.
The 36 year old native of Le Havre, France joins the club after spending the last two and a half seasons with New Caledonian side AS Mont-Dore. During this time he won a total of six trophies including two OFC Champions Leagues (2016, 2017) three New Caledonia Super Ligue titles (2015, 2016, 2017) and one New Caledonia Cup in 2017.
Gauthier was quoted in saying: “I am very excited to become the next manager for this club and my main goal is to bring this club back to the top league.” Later on he said, “This job might seem like I took a step down but it wasn’t and I saw it as an exciting challenge and a new adventure for myself.”
The biggest concern that has been said about Gauthier is that he does not speak Chinese or Portuguese. It is known that he will be using a translator as well as taking several intensive language courses.
Chairman Tam Si Keng gave his opinion on his new hire,” I think Kevin is a magnificent capture for the club and I feel confident that he will be leading this club to glory once again, despite his lack of language I think he will adapt real fast. Just look at his resume of accomplishments.”
For Gauthier it will be a very quick turnaround for his job. Despite the job being open since the first of the new year he was not hired until a day ago and that is just four days ago before the super cup match against Benfica (MAC) on the 21st.