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Nogueira: Timing is perfect for Belles arrival

9 July 2023


Nogueira: Timing is perfect for Belles arrival

9 July 2023

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New Belles head coach Alexandre Brito Nogueira believes he has arrived at the club at the ideal time as he plots a rise up the women’s football pyramid.

The Portuguese has formed a fresh management team with fellow new arrival, manager Sam Winch.

And he feels the pair have been gifted the perfect circumstances to achieve the club’s goals.

“I do not think I could have come in at a better time,” the 39-year-old said. “The structure we have, I truly believe I can help us. Everyone will play a very important role in the development of the club and the group, and helping the development of more young girls.

“Meeting the players, I think we have a very good group to help take us to back to where the club belongs. Right now, that is getting into tier three but I have no doubt in the future we will be aiming for the Championship.

“These players I believe can help us with that so the timing of coming in is perfect.”

Nogueira arrived at the club last week after jetting across Europe for his first meeting with the Belles squad.

And the first training session had him excited for what is to come in the next few months.

He said: “I had a very long day. I woke up in Norway and it was great to finish my day in Doncaster with boots on the ground for a football session.

“I’m just excited and looking forward to seeing the girls developing and playing their football ideally in front of big crowds. I really want to see Doncaster as a region there with us and helping us to reach our goals.”

Nogueira believes he will have no trouble developing a productive working relationship with Winch.

“Sam is a very experienced guy and I think we will complement each other really well,” he said. “We are different, as it is supposed to be, but we see football in the same way.

“I am here to support him as he will support me. We want to put the badge as high as we can, like it was before in the past.

“I’m excited to work with Sam. He’s a nice guy and really easy to work with. I’m quite sure together we will put the Belles where they need to be.”

Head coach Nogueira has a diverse background in the game, both in women’s and men’s football and believes his experiences have taught him plenty of lessons which he hopes the Belles will benefit from.

“I have worked at grassroots and some of the biggest clubs in the world,” he said. “I am as proud of working at Congleton Town and Kidsgrove Athletic as I am to have worked at Chelsea and Aston Villa.

“I have had the honour of working in the YDP as Aston Villa, which is one of the best clubs in the country at developing players. I believe I learned a lot there and I am a better coach now.

“I was with Chelsea, working in the Foundation abroad and at Cobham. That showed me the importance of having a good structure.

“I have coached Futsal in the past, which is good for bringing a higher pace to the game. I am proud as a coach to make sure everything happens with proper intensity and with attacking and attractive football.”

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