Rui Faria’s 17 year professional relationship with Jose Mourinho will come to an end following a statement via Manchester United.
The Portuguese has been alongside Mourinho almost every step of the way through the latter’s storied managerial career, from lowly Uniao de Leiria in 2001, right up until the present day at Old Trafford.
That working relationship will end at the conclusion of the season, however.
#MUFC announces that assistant manager Rui Faria is to leave the club at the end of the season. We wish him all the best for the future.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 12, 2018
“After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on”, he said in a statement.
“I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences. However, I have felt for some time that I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life.
“My heartfelt thanks go to the manager, Jose Mourinho, for the belief he had in me, all those years ago, when it all was just a student dream. I would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship.
“I would also like to thank Manchester United and all the clubs where I have had the privilege of working during this period. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the staff and players who, in different ways, have made an important contribution to my growth as a person and as a professional.
“I wish you all the best for the future, knowing that you will always be my close friends.”
The news is likely to cause much speculation, given that Faria has been linked with the Arsenal job that’s about to become available.
Faria’s emphasis on wanting to spend time with his family after almost two decades in management indicates that this is purely a personal decision, though.