In another episode of Ironias do Destino, from Porto Canal, Pinto da Costa, president of FC Porto, justified the reasons that led him to get rid of Nuno Espírito Santo after just one season (2016/17) on the Dragão bench .
“After two years, Lopetegui had not achieved any title. There was a lot of contestation and there was no perfect empathy between coach, players and audience. We decided to interrupt your stay as a coach. It was a transition period and our option was for José Peseiro, who was even abroad, but unfortunately, for us and for him, it was not successful, although he was present in a final of the Portuguese Cup, which we lost against SC Braga. Given the failure of his passage, we ended the agreement and Nuno Espírito Santo came”, he said, continuing.
“Nuno proved to be a good coach, he identified with the club, he had been our athlete, but unfortunately he was not successful, mainly due to what was going on at the time in relation to refereeing. It was the famous time of the priests, it became known for the emails they exchanged and because they treated each other like priests. Given this situation, he was not successful and at the end of the contract he decided to leave for England», said the president of the dragons, referring to the famous e-mails from Benfica.