Spanish FA reveals 15 players have threatened to QUIT women’s national team if coach Jorge Vilda is not fired as they are unhappy with management of injuries, changing room atmosphere and team selection
- Fifteen players threaten to quit Spain women’s team if their coach is not fired
- The players are unhappy with the management of injuries and team selection
- The Spanish FA (RFEF) has revealed that they fully support coach Jorge Vilda
- The 41-year-old has a contract until 2024 and the Spanish FA have backed him
Fifteen players from the Spain women’s squad have threatened to quit international duty if their coach Jorge Vilda is not fired, the Spanish FA (RFEF) has revealed.
It has been reported that the Spanish women’s team were in chaos last month, with players on the verge of a mutiny if the federation did not relieve Vilda of his duties.
The 41-year-old who has managed the national team since 2015, has a contract until 2024, and the Spanish FA have backed the boss.
Spanish FA reveals 15 players have threatened to quit women’s team if Jorge Vilda is not fired
The Spanish FA statement read: ‘The RFEF can confirm that, throughout today, we received 15 emails from 15 players of the women’s senior soccer team… in which they state that the current situation affects ‘significantly’ their emotional state and their health and that, ‘as long as it is not reversed’, they resign from the Spanish national team.
‘The RFEF is not going to allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach and his coaching staff, since making those decisions does not fall within their powers.’
The RFEF said that refusing to honour a call-up for a national team was classified as a ‘very serious infraction and can carry sanctions of two and five years of disqualification’.
The players are unhappy with boss Vilda’s management of injuries and team selection
According to sources close to the situation, the players are unhappy with the management of injuries, the atmosphere in the locker room, Vilda’s team selection and his training sessions.
The RFEF, which did not disclose the identities of the 15 players, said it fully supported the coach and that the players will only return to the team if they ‘recognise their mistake and ask for forgiveness’.
Spain were knocked out of the Euros under Vilda’s stewardship at the quarter-final stage after a defeat to England in extra time.
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