Thursday, 22nd May, 2014

Sporting Lisbon's newly appointed manager Marco Silva has thanked the club for having "faith" in him.

The club's former boss Leonardo Jardim left office after just one season, to be replaced by the former Estoril Praia manager.

Silva, who has put pen to paper on a four-year contract, will have a challenging task ahead as he will lead his new team in the Champions League next season.

"I want to thank Sporting for the faith put in me," the 36-year-old told UEFA's official site.


"It's an honour to represent this big club. This is a big and ambitious challenge.

"Making my debut in the UEFA Champions League as Sporting's coach will be extraordinary for me.

"I believe we'll be up to the task."

Sporting finished second in the Portuguese league with 74 points, seven points behind champions Benfica.

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