The former selector Jorge Vilda He has offered in ‘El Larguero’ of Cadena Ser his first statements after his dismissal as coach of the national team that won the World Cup in Sydney. He does it after learning of Pedro Rocha’s RFEF decision to appoint his second, Montse Tomé, as her successor. A coach who resigned after the consequences of the extraordinary assembly, where Luis Rubiales offered her the position of sports director. A solution of continuity, which, along with her applause, he has been criticized since his appointment was made official.
How was the dismissal?
“I am as good as it is possible to be after having been world champions 16 days ago. 10 days ago to be renewed, plus the one that I had five left. And to be unfairly dismissed. It was an announcement with an assembly, where we were all the assembly members present. It was the announcement of a contract that was already outlined. It was a brief meeting with Pedro Rocha and with the vice president of Equality. The explanation was structural changes”
“After 17 years in women’s football and what I have achieved and leaving my skin as one more worker of the Federation, I know that I have a clear conscience of having given everything. I have not deserved the dismissal.”
What do you think of the appointment of Montse Tomé?
“Deserved. I think that” The first thing I want to make clear is that I will never applaud anything sexist. I will never applaud anything that goes against feminism, which is the fight for equality and equity. That assembly did not know what it was going to do. We thought he was going to experience a resignation. Many people will have found themselves and felt reflected by a front-line speech, where your boss’s speech is directing you. In it I valued your work, which I did applaud. Also his management. We must not forget what has been done since 2018, quadrupling the budget for women’s football.”
He has great challenges ahead. I believe that the best legacy that I can leave is the style and the methodology. That’s it, and I’m sure he’s going to do very well.”
Has it been unfair to Vilda?
“I know that when we have won, many times the balloon has inflated and we have not won. I know that it has been unfair. In sports I will accept everything, but personally it has been unfair. There has been a lot of learning in terms of management. Nothing has ever been said directly. Indirectly things have been said that don’t go with me”.
“There are things that are not true. In the 17 years that I have been with the national teams, the treatment has always been of the utmost respect towards the players and towards everyone I have trained and who has been with me. One day, during this season , there was a lot of talk about this and these things came out – the 15 rebels’-“.
Why did you applaud Rubiales when he spoke of “false feminism”?
“The first thing I want to make clear is that I will never applaud anything macho. I will never applaud anything that goes against feminism, which is the fight for equality and equity. That assembly did not know what it was going for. We thought it was going to live a resignation. Many people will have found themselves and felt reflected by a front-line speech, where your boss’s speech is directing you. In it he valued your work, which I did applaud. Also his management. We must not forget what has been done since 2018, quadrupling the budget for women’s football”.
Why didn’t you name Jenni Hermoso in your statement?
“In the statement I refer to the gesture that should not represent us in a box. I have known Jenni since she was 16 years old, I have seen her become a woman. She has made a piece of the World Cup. I know she is having a bad time. Everything she has I spent there, I hope it ends soon. I have not spoken to her, I have disconnected from the phone. It comes to me that she is having a bad time”.
Have you spoken to Rubiales again?
“Not from the assembly.”