Read Up “Jorge Vilda called his ‘unfair’ firing of Spain’s Women coach following the World Cup.” The Spanish FA fired the manager yesterday after the Luis Rubiales affair.
Vilda was the only women’s national team coach not to resign in protest of Rubiales’ behavior at the World Cup final, but the Spanish football federation (RFEF) confirmed his dismissal yesterday afternoon.
The former head coach applauded Rubiales at an emergency RFEF general assembly on August 25 when he refused to retire over his Sydney activities.
Last year, 15 Spain players refused to play for the national team due to Vilda’s coaching style.
Rubiales’ federation refused to bend on the players’ concerns, saying they could only return to the national squad ‘if they recognize their mistake and ask for forgiveness’.
The RFEF announced Vilda’s departure, praising his “professionalism and dedication during all these years” rather than player discontent.
Vilda defended his team record in a Cadena SER interview after his firing.
“In sporting terms, I am going to accept all the criticisms, but on a personal level I think it has been unfair,” Vilda stated.
It was a special year. Nobody has actually said anything bad about me, but people have said things indirectly. Untrue things have been said.”
Vilda explained: “There have been ‘structural changes’. After all my hard work as a worker, I have a clear conscience.
“I gave 100% and don’t understand it – I didn’t see my dismissal as deserved.”
After praising Rubiales’ now-infamous ‘I AM NOT GOING TO RESIGN’ statement at the RFEF general congress, Vilda justified his attitude.
“I will never applaud anything sexist,” he stated. I didn’t know why I was going to that gathering; I believed there would be a resignation.
“Applauded that the president valued your work and renewed you. I also commend Rubiales’ women’s football management with a quadrupled budget.
“The rest—when 150 people applaud, it is hard to be the only one who doesn’t.”