By Lexi Elo
Newly promoted NNL side C.O.D United Football Club has announced the appointment of Paulo Jorge Silva as its new Manager. Jorge joins C.O.D United on the back of a rich career having worked in various capacities with clubs like VfB Stuttgart, Greuther Furth, Nuremberg, Aalen in Germany, Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, Al Wasl and Sharjah FC in the United Arab Emirates.
His immediate task is reorganize and optimize the club’s 7 team academy structure as well as lead the club’s charge in the league as well as the FA Cup next season.
Speaking on Paulo Silva’s appointment, CEO of the club Shola Opaleye expressed optimism that Paulo will sustain the successes the club has achieved and bring even more success.
“Paulo Silva’s appointment is yet another demonstration of our ambition as a club to keep progressing. Paulo joins us with a lot of experience and his knowledge of football is demonstrated by the rich array of top clubs he has worked with. We have been in discussions for a while now and we are delighted he was convinced to join us having seen our vision for the club. He is very excited about working in Africa and we are excited to have him join us as well. We expect him to sustain and improve on all that we have achieved as a football club on the pitch and help our players and young coaches become even better,” Opaleye told Goal.com.
Paulo Silva also expressed his delight at joining COD United. “I have joined a very ambitious and very organised club. Working in Africa is quite different from working in Europe and so I had to be careful in choosing a club that matches my ambitions and with the right structure. In C.O.D United, I believe I have found that club and cannot wait to start the job of improving the impressive structure they have built so far. The club wants to optimize its team structure, implement a clear playing philosophy across board and produce players with great qualities consistently and I share that ambition. I am here to succeed with the club.”
Paulo Silva is the second European coach signed by C.O.D in recent years. Former Manchester United and Bolton coach, Mick Wild previously worked with the club before returning to England a few months ago.