Nuno Manta Santos

Nuno Miguel Manta Ribeiro Santos, known as Nuno Manta or Nuno Manta Santos (born 25 July 1978) is a Portuguese football manager and a former player, who is manager of Primeira Liga side Desportivo das Aves.

Nuno Manta Santos
Personal information
Full name Nuno Miguel Manta Ribeiro Santos
Date of birth (1978-07-25) 25 July 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Marítimo (manager)
Youth career
1993–1996 Sanfins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2007 Amigos Cavaco
Teams managed
2010–2013 Feirense (assistant/youth)
2012 Feirense (caretaker)
2015–2016 Feirense (youth)
2016–2019 Feirense
2019 Marítimo
2019– Aves
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Born in Santa Maria da Feira, he was known as Melão in his playing career as a midfielder. He represented G.C.D. Sanfins as a youth, and hometown club Juventude Atlética “os Amigos do Cavaco” as a senior, never any higher than the second regional level.

Managerial careerEdit

Manta worked in the ranks of his hometown's primary team C.D. Feirense, and he was the caretaker manager for one Segunda Liga game on 30 September 2012. He was assistant to José Mota at the now Primeira Liga club, before taking the reins when the latter was sacked.[1]

Feirense's fortunes improved under Manta, finishing in the top half in 8th place, and in his second season they just avoided relegation in 16th.[2] On 4 February 2019, he was dismissed from Feirense with the club in last place after a 2–0 loss at Boavista FC, in a season that ended with relegation.[3]

On 4 June 2019, Manta returned to the top flight, succeeding Petit at C.S. Marítimo.[2] In his first game on 11 August, his team held Sporting CP to a 1–1 draw in Madeira.[4] He resigned three months later, with the team in 14th and a record of three wins in 15 competitive games.[5]

Two days after leaving Marítimo, Manta was back in the top flight with bottom-placed C.D. Aves, on a deal until 2021.[6]


  1. ^ "Comunicado oficial" [Official communication] (in Portuguese). C.D. Feirense. 22 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Nuno Manta Santos é o novo treinador do Marítimo" [Nuno Manta Santos is the new manager of Marítimo]. Observador (in Portuguese). 4 June 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Nuno Manta Santos deixa de ser treinador do Feirense" [Nuno Manta Santos no longer manager of Feirense]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 4 February 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Nuno Manta: «Estávamos preparados para o Sporting»" [Nuno Manta: "We were prepared for Sporting"] (in Portuguese). TVI 24. 11 August 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Nuno Manta Santos já não é treinador do Marítimo" [Nuno Manta Santos is no longer the manager of Marítimo]. Público. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Nuno Manta Santos é o novo treinador do Desportivo das Aves" [Nuno Manta Santos is the new manager of Desportivo das Aves]. Observador (in Portuguese). 13 November 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.

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