Why not Benfica’s Jorge Jesus?

Updated: May 24, 2015

Volkan Çelik

Besiktas born and raised ! Football coach in the making. - London, U.K
Volkan Çelik

The Black Eagles continue their search for a replacement for Slaven Bilic, after reportedly having discussions with Mircea Lucescu and Senol Gunes they have now turned their attentions to Benfica boss Jorge Jesus as another alternative.

Besiktas who’s main target is said to be Lucescu can’t seem to come to an agreement as one of Lucescu’s terms can’t be met, Lucescu wants Champions League football next season and apparently said that he would only consider to come to Besiktas if the club can qualify for the Champions League, With the Black Eagles’ recent bad form and currently sitting in third place it is looking highly unlikely that they will make it in to the Champions League next season, even if the club were to finish second they would still have to play a Champions League qualifying third round and final knock out round, thus there being no guarantee of qualification to the Champions League, making it look highly unlikely Lucescu will sign. The club’s other choice is Senol Günes, but Gunes thanked Besiktas for the interest shown in him and denied that he had any discussions and meetings with Besiktas officials (so far) stating:

“I thank Besiktas for their interest in me, but i have had no discussions or meetings with any official from Besiktas, I promised Bursaspor I will stay for one year, my contract expires end of this season, until then I will not hold any talks with anyone, my focus now is only on Bursaspor” Gunes was quoted as saying.

So with Lucescu looking very unlikely and Günes refusing to have meetings untill the end of the season, many of the Besiktas board members have turned their attention to Benfica boss Jorge Jesus and are trying to convince club chairman Fikret Orman in to looking at the possibility of acquiring Jorge Jesus.


Chairman Fikret Orman will have a board meeting soon and listen to the board member’s ideas over possible candidates for the new managerial role and will then decide who the club goes for.

Jorge Jesus has been in charge of Benfica for 6 years, the 60 year old Portuguese manager has won the league twice with Benfica and has managed to take Benfica to the Europa League final twice as well.