Ex-Reds Academy coach Michael Beale resigned from his role as Sao Paulo’s Assistant coach after just seven months in Brazil.
Reports emerged in Brazil late on Friday evening that suggested Beale was stepping down from his role after just six months in the job.
The ex-Chelsea coach confirmed the news on Instagram on Saturday evening and claims he and his family are to stay in Brazil for a few more days before making a decision on his future, leaving many wondering whether a return to Liverpool could be on the cards.
Agora – é hora de agradecer muito ao São Paulo Futebol Clube. Eu fiz muitos amigos no Brasil – dentro do SPFC e fora do clube. O povo do Brasil tem sido maravilhoso comigo e minha família e só podemos agradecer a todos. Minha esposa e filhos adoraram a nossa estadia aqui no Brasil e ficaremos mais alguns dias antes de tomar uma decisão sobre o nosso futuro. Não é verdade que estamos infelizes vivendo aqui, tivemos uma experiência maravilhosa. A decisão foi tomada por razões pessoais que permanecerão privadas entre mim e a administração do clube. Um grande clube merece um enorme respeito e comportamento profissional. Eu não vou quebrar meu relacionamento com o clube falando por fora. Aqueles que o fazem, trabalham abaixo do nível deste ótimo clube. Isto é importante lembrar nestes momentos em que as pessoas procuram problemas que não existem. Não tenho palavras ruins para dizer. Eu não estou indo embora por causa de uma discussão ou porque eu tenho um novo clube. A verdade é que meu relacionamento profissional com o Rogério é excelente. Rogério é meu grande amigo e desejo-lhe um ótimo futuro. Meu relacionamento com os jogadores foi muito bom. Sem argumentos, sem problemas, apenas boas memórias e muitos amigos. Foi um prazer trabalhar com os jogadores todos os dias. O clube tem muito potencial. Cotia abriga uma fundação maravilhosa ao clube e eu desejo felicitar os treinadores nesta base pelo excelente trabalho. Este é o futuro do São Paulo e é o que trará o clube de volta à sua posição como o maior do Brasil. Torcedores wow… você é incrível. Obrigado por suas mensagens. Não tenho palavras pra descrever o respeito que tenho por todos vocês. Você merece sucesso e felicidade no futuro Obrigado a todos 🔴⚪️⚫️
In an interview with mypersonalfootballcoach.com that was released on Monday evening, Beale said:
“The project had changed a little bit from what I’d agreed to. When I left Liverpool to come here it was a very exciting project and something that I really believed in and overtime for different reasons the project had changed a little bit. It was going in a direction that I didn’t 100% believe in.”
“Sao Paulo is an unbelievable club in terms of the size, the fans and the people within the club are very, very good people. But ultimately I think you have to believe in the project. My energy towards it and my focus towards it was waded and I wanted to be honest with everybody.”
“I didn’t want to stay in a job that was unfulfilling because of the direction it was going in. So I leave with a lot of friends and no animosity whatsoever.”
It came as a huge surprise when Beale chose to leave Liverpool for Brazil back in December. The U23s boss had a great relationship with Jürgen Klopp and reputation that was improving all the time.
Asked if he regretted leaving Liverpool, Beale said:
“No, it was 100% the right decision to leave at the time I made it. I’ve had a fantastic experience here in Brazil, working abroad.”
“I’m not running away from Brazil, I have one or two opportunities to discuss in terms of staying here.”
“If I ever had the opportunity to go back and work at Liverpool it’s something that I would always consider because I believe in the people and I believe in the plan that the owners have for the club there.”
After 10 games in the Brazilian football season, Sao Paulo sit just one point ahead of the relegation zone and 5th from bottom.
Beale says the reasons for his resignation will remain private between him and the club but denies it is anything to do with his family struggling to settle in or a poor relationship between him and any of the staff or players.
“I’m not in a rush to leave Brazil, I have one or two meetings with people here this week that I have held off and would like to have before I leave. I’d like to say my goodbye’s to the club in the correct manner because there’s working relationships there that may continue in the future.”
“Then it’s a matter of coming home and I genuinely don’t have anything fixed at the moment, I had some opportunities thrown at me a few months ago and resisted so that I could continue here.”
“I’m open to anything, I certainly am open to working abroad again or working in Brazil if the project’s right. It’s just a matter of seeing what comes in.”
“For me it’s about people, it’s not about club or status, it’s about the people you work with and the process and journey that they want to go on.”