It was in the unlikely surroundings of Largs, a seaside resort 33 miles from Glasgow, where the dream began for Nuno Herlander Simoes Espirito Santo.
Nuno was 36 years old and recently retired when he made the decision to study for his coaching badges at the Inverclyde National Sports Centre, following in the footsteps of fellow Portuguese Jose Mourinho, Andre Villas-Boas and Pedro Caixinha.
“We always used to break the ice with them by saying they only come for the weather and because it’s cheap,” recalls Jim Fleeting, the former Scottish Football Association director of coaching.
“I remember him once doing a session for me and he was standing behind one of the goals. I said to him ‘Nuno, why are you standing there? It’s better if you’re standing with the players and getting amongst them’.
“But he said he hadn’t quite mastered it yet. As a former goalkeeper he was only ever used to seeing the game from that perspective, and never through the eyes of an outfield player.”