In mid-September last year Amorim was appointed coach with SC Braga reserves, also in the third division, and three months later he replaced the dismissed first team manager Ricardo Sá Pinto. Amorim won 10 out of 13 games at the Quarry at the turn of the year, including beating Porto twice, Sporting twice and Benfica once, and won the Taça da Liga (Portuguese League Cup). However, the 35-year-old has only coached in the top flight for ten weeks. In Europa League it was a different story, losing home and away to Rangers.
Now Amorim has become Sporting’s manager ten days after the sacking of Silas, signing a deal until June 2023 with a €20 million buyout clause. Silas, bizarrely was left to announce his own departure after the defeat to Famalicão.
The success or otherwise of Amorim’s appointment will likely determine the continuation or not of Sporting president Frederico Varandas, who has come under increasing fire by fans during a turbulent and largely disastrous season.
As for Braga, Custódio who played for both Sporting and Braga as a player, is promoted to the top job after a stint coaching the U17 team.
Sporting and Braga are involved in a tussle to finish third in the Primeira Liga, which gives a more favourable route to Europa League football next season. Sporting will have its fourth manager of 2019/20 in the dugout at the Alvalade on Sunday for the match against bottom club CD Aves. The Lisbon club paid the buyout clause of €10 million to hire Amorim, along with his assistants Adélio Cândido and Carlos Fernandes. The massive sum Sporting paid to get Amorim - only once has the club paid a higher transfer fee for a player - has surprised many despite Amorim’s brilliant start to his coaching career.