The Tehran giants' new Portuguese coach says returning the club's back to the top of the Iranian game will take time and won't make any promises for the 2012-13 season
Speaking at a news conference at Iran's football training camp on Saturday, the Portuguese boss said his work at Persepolis would take time, documenting his previous success in Egypt with Al Ahly where he started slowly.
“When I went to Egypt to take charge of Al Ahly, I knew about the pyramids, but I won 20 title championships in eight years,” he said.
Persepolis endured a dismal 2011-12 season, finishing 12th in the Pro League and bowing out of the AFC Champions League in the Round of 16.
He added: “I want to win our games – that’s why I am here. But I cannot guarantee we will win the title. First, we have to organise our team and this takes time.
"Persepolis had to start its pre-season 45 days ago and with 13 days remaining, we have a difficult job to prepare our team."
Manuel Jose, who has also worked at Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, admitted he knew little about Persepolis but believed there was huge potential from what he'd seen.
“I’ve seen DVDs of Persepolis and I think our players are capable of winning the games. I’ve come here to change things and since the Persepolis’ officials have trusted me I will have to give them a positive result,” he said.