Does anyone know anything specific about this guy, other than that he is Mourinho's shadow? What does he do? I mean, is he a people person, good at communicating Mourinho's strategy to players? Is he a tactician? Or does Mourinho just like having him around because he makes a really good brew? In all seriousness, I was just reading Mourinho's assessment thread and someone mentioned getting a new attacking coach in. I thought that sounded like a good idea, I was about to comment that I couldnt see it though as Mourinho is too much of a control freak. I wonder whether Faria's USP is that he is able to advise Mourinho without threatening / undermining his authority. I wonder if a new attacking coach would be able to do that - sharpen up our attack, without taking attention away from The Special One. SAF was a control freak, to be fair, but he was good at recognising what he wasnt brilliant at, and generally picked good assistants. There has been many an interesting debate on here over the years about what kind of contribution the likes of Carlos Queiroz, Steve McClaren and Mike Phelan made, and whether it was a coincidence when we had a particularly barren spell at the same time he decided not to appoint an assistant. I do wonder whether a new assistant could provide fresh ideas and impetus to Mourinho and help him to evolve as a football manager. I wonder whether such a person exists, who could bring those kinds of ideas, and also work with someone like Mourinho, being happy to live in his shadow. On the other hand, is he more like Peter Taylor to Mourinho's Clough? Would Mourinho's magic disappear completely without his ever-present right hand man? I also wonder whether Rui Faria could or would ever strike out on his own. Mourinho once said (I think the question may actually have been about Giggs but I cant remember) that he thought Faria would make an excellent manager if he ever went out on his own. But he seems to be happy to operate out of the limelight, I have no idea, as I said, what exactly he brings to the table, or what kind of manager he might be. Maybe a Chelsea fan would know more?