ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The Portuguese media have reported that noted European coach Paulo Fonseca has turned down the two-and-a-half-year contract offer to coach Atlanta United FC.
Sources said the offer was made by the top brass of United FC who saw good qualities on Fonseca, 48 to coach the team.
However, Fonseca, former Roma, and Shakhtar Donetsk manager is not too interested to get the job since he feels comfortable coaching in Europe.
United FC is in dire need of a new coach now to replace Argentine Gabriel Heinze.
The team is currently handled by the interim head coach of Rob Valentino, who vowed to do his best to re-ignite the winning ways of the team in the wake of their recent string of draws and defeat.
In a media interview, Rob Valentino also revealed that aside from turning the fortune around of United FC, he will also spend more time and effort to foster a better relationship with his players.
“I care about those boys in there. I care about the club,” Valentino said.
“I want to see them succeed. I want to see them happy. I want to see smiles on their faces,” Valentino added.
Mentoring players is not new for Valentino since he also mentored the promising young players of United FC namely George Bello and Miles Robinson who are now part of the United States Men’s Soccer team (USMNT).
“There’s more to these guys than just being athletes,” he said.
Valentino said he is not worried that his position is just temporary as he vowed to do his best to help the team succeed and develop the team’s young players.
Aiding Valentino in this effort will be Matt Lawry (Academy Director), Jack Kimber (First-team Fitness Coach), Ryan Alexander (Director of Sports Science), Liam Curran (Goalkeepers Coach), and 2s Head Coach Jack Collison who will assist in joint training activities between the two teams.