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26.9% win ratio at QPR: What’s Paulo Sousa up to these days?

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Paulo Sousa managed Queens Park Rangers between 2008 and 2009.

As a player, Sousa represented the likes of Benfica, Sporting CP, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan in a prestigious career, winning countless domestic titles and back-to-back Champions Leagues in the mid-90s.

So when QPR gave him his managerial debut in November 2008, many were excited to see how he’d fare. He was an old friend of then chairman Flavio Briatore, whom he knew from his days in Italy, and took over a QPR team struggling to kick-on in the Championship.

He inevitably struggled, and Sousa was relieved of duties in April of that season and Gareth Ainsworth took caretaker charge, becoming QPR’s third manager of the season. Sousa’s dismissal though was marred by allegations that he’d ‘divulged sensitive information’.

The club ultimately finished in a respectable, though uninspiring 11th-place of the Championship, but Sousa’s record of seven wins in 26 league games proved sack-worthy – he lost as many games, and drew the other 12.

Soon after his QPR sacking, Sousa became manager of Swansea City where he lasted 49 games, and then Leicester where he managed only 12.

The now 49-year-old took a break from management after his calamitous Leicester showing, but returned with Hungarian outfit Videoton in June 2011.

A Ligakupa and two Szuperkupas gave Sousa his first managerial honours, and he went on to have successful stints with Maccabi Tel Aviv and Basel, before landing his most-known job at Fiorentina.

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Sousa oversaw 95 games in charge of the Florence club but failed to win any domestic titles, and was axed in June 2017.

A short and shock stint in charge of Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian followed, but in March last year he was handed a steadier job with Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

In this, Sousa’s first full-season in charge of Bordeaux, he has them sitting in 10th-place of the table and looking comfortable.

A player with pedigree and now a manager. Not all can crack the English game, but go on to have relatively successful careers in and around Europe – who knows where QPR, Swansea or Leicester might’ve been if Sousa was given more time?


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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