Jose Mourinho's friend Bruno Ribeiro made Port Vale manager
By Mark Ashenden
Last Updated: 20/06/16 5:32pm
Port Vale have announced Bruno Ribeiro, a close friend of Jose Mourinho, will be their new first-team coach.
The 40-year-old has signed a three-year contract at Vale Park and arrives following a high-profile playing and coaching career.
The Sky Bet League One club have been looking for a boss following the departure of Rob Page, who took over at newly promoted Northampton in May.
Ribeiro told the club's website: "I'm very happy, my ambition was to come to England and now to come to Port Vale.
"It's a big club with good conditions. I believe this is a Championship club and I am very happy here and I will do my best."
Chairman Norman Smurthwaite added: "I'm very pleased to be able to appoint Bruno. It has been a long, extensive process but I'm absolutely certain we have the right man for the job."
The Portuguese coach is a close friend of Jose Mourinho, who has recommended him for management jobs in England in the past.
Since his first managerial appointment in March 2001, he has been in charge of seven clubs. His most recent position was at Academico de Viseu in Portugal, where he was in charge for four weeks during February and March this year.
Ribeiro knows English football well, having played for both Leeds and Sheffield United as a midfielder between 1997 and 2001.
Michael Brown will be Ribeiro's assistant manager while former Vale midfielder Peter Farrell is the new first team coach.