Jorge Vilda has spoken after being dismissed as national women’s coach. The coach who led Spain to its first World Cup has been dismissed by the new Federation board, led by Pedro Rocha, just over two weeks after reaching the sky in Sydney. He has highlighted that his renewal was agreed before the Assembly and that the new president has informed him that his dismissal is due to “structural changes.”
The former Spain coach has spoken out on all the controversial topics of recent days. In an interview given to El Larguero, the coach spoke about Jenni Hermoso, his applause for Rubiales and the conflict with the 15 players who resigned at the time. He also had good words for Montse Tomé, who was his second and who will be the new national coach.
“I’m as good as can be after having won the World Cup 16 days ago, after being renewed 10 days ago for four more years, with a higher remuneration.”
“It was an announcement before a General Assembly, with all the assembly members and it was an announcement of a contract that had already been previously perfected.”
How do you find out?
«It was a brief meeting with Pedro Rocha and the explanation was structural changes. “After 17 years in women’s football and everything I have achieved, I have a clear conscience because I have given 100%, but I don’t understand it, nor do I think I deserve it.”
«From now on it is a matter for the lawyers. I didn’t expect it, I had the hope and hope of good treatment, I saw myself with strength from the Nations League, from the Games… being in Paris motivated me a lot.
“I have more than 500 messages and I haven’t been able to review them.”
«I have congratulated her. She deserves it, she has the ability to do it very well. She was chosen by me, she has a great team and the greatest gaming legacy I can leave is the style of play and methodology. There she is and she has it to take advantage of. She is going to do well ».
«I know what I do. When we have lost there has been criticism. In sports, I’m going to accept everything or almost everything, but personally yes. During this year, which has been special and I have taken it like a master’s degree. Nothing has been said directly, but indirectly things have been said, they have slipped…».
«These are things that are not true. In the 17 years that I have been with the national teams, the treatment has always been of maximum respect towards the players and towards those who I have coached. There has not been anyone with a name and surname who has come out and said ‘Jorge Vilda is this’. Nobody has come out. I wanted to make it clear. I have been fighting for women’s football for 17 years, for the values of respect, equality, teamwork and sportsmanship. The only thing I have done has been to work to achieve all possible successes.
Applause for Rubiales
«I want to be forceful that I will never applaud anything sexist, that goes against feminism and that in that Assembly I did not know exactly what I was going for. We thought we were going to experience a resignation. I think that many people can feel reflected in the fact that you are on the front line, your boss’s speech is directed at you, at that moment he is renewing you, recognizing your work, which I applaud and a management that has multiplied income by four … Since we started in 2018, I have not been told no to anything and that is what I applaud. I’m not going to applaud the gestures or many of the words. “It’s quite complicated, with 140 people, to be the only one who doesn’t applaud.”
«In the statement what I say is the gesture that does not have to represent us in a box or at a medal ceremony. I have known Jenni for 16 years, she is a world leader, I know that she and her family are having a hard time and that she is waiting for all this to pass and be forgotten soon. I have not talked to her. I have disconnected quite a bit. And that she is wrong is something I don’t like, but she knows that I have always been with her and we have had many conversations at this World Cup. She has helped me a lot and I am proud of what she has done.
«Since the Assembly we have not spoken. “I have to check the messages.”
«I do remember that the referee whistled and we celebrated. After that emotion I remember that there is the president with the queen, the minister, Francos, my family downstairs, friends… I turn, look at the box and dedicate it to them. From there, how each person celebrates is not my responsibility.
“I did not see it. We were in line, I was the second to last and I didn’t see him. “The first thing that came to me was surprise and that it was an improper act.”
Pressure on Jenni
«On that 24-hour trip, during which many of us were resting, there were conversations, but no pressure. On the trip I spoke with some players but not with Jenni. I wasn’t connected, but I could smell that something was happening. “I am a coach, the issue of communications is communication, the presidency’s office and it is not the coach’s issue.”
Are you going for the players?
«It was the president who told me. I think it is impossible to achieve results if we do not create a group that becomes a team in which there was a very good feeling. Without following what we proposed, it is impossible to be world champions.
«After winning the World Cup, I am convinced that not. This year, after all, to rebuild a team… After the 3:00 p.m. email I put my position at the disposal of the president, but after speaking with the players, there was no reason for me not to continue. With his support, we moved things forward. With those who have been there, those who have come after, achievement is the star.
«If tomorrow I can put on my boots and go out to train, I would be delighted. “It’s the only thing I’ve done so far to live.”
«I am very proud of what has been achieved. I remember a lot of the players who have participated in the qualification of this World Cup, of the Euro Cup, who have helped form this team. Being world champions is thanks to all these people, to everything that women’s football encompasses.
«I didn’t feel addressed. When people talk about leaders, I don’t feel addressed. Publicly, no calls have been made for my dismissal or my head. Then a captain came out and said that they were not asking for my dismissal. I am happy for Montse and I know that she is going to do very well. “They are going to win and play in a way that I know will be played very well.”
«References have been created. I’ll take that and that people congratulate you on the street. The 4-0 was still necessary to react, because that day we were not capable and we were in the abyss. Remaining in the second round was a big failure, risky decisions were made and it turned out well.
Substitution of Alexia
«It came from the cruciate tear, in which we did not have Alexia, Jenni, nor Salma and we were on the verge of beating England. Alexia has now helped a lot inside and outside. In the field she has been decisive. Her ancestry creates an impact on the opponent and we have used it very well. She has helped us a lot and she understood where she was coming from and she has given more performance than expected.
«She is a footballer and a very prepared person. I know that he is not the only one, nor the last of the awards that he is going to win.
«My body gets curly. She is the one who gets us into the final, the one who scores in the final. A family that knows the news when we land and keeps it quiet until we get on the plane. It was terrible, but Olga is spectacular as a player and person. “She is very honest, she has an overwhelming personality and she deserves everything.”
«I see a future in which there are not so many problems, in which women’s football is in the place it deserves and I hope that they improve in the League, because everything has room for improvement, that they work in the same direction, because football Spanish will be unstoppable if we go hand in hand. “It would be a hegemony for many years.”
«At home they miss me. Is not easy. Many times putting work before family. I don’t know if I was wrong about that. My wife has endured everything and I have to thank her. To them and to my father, who has suffered a lot this year. I know how to handle all the situations that have come my way. What has hurt me the most is when I have seen them affected, but we are fine.
«Being in the spotlight and in the media, having your honorability questioned, the way you behave… is the most painful thing. “We know what this football business is like, when you win and when you lose, but the most complicated thing is managing this.”
Future as a coach
«I would like to coach any club and the better the players are, the better. Any club or selection. Male or female”.
«I hope this has been of some use. The team’s victory will be valued more and everyone will be rewarded. “I would like to know the football criteria by which I do not follow, but the best is yet to come.”
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