When winning is not enough
John Ferrando, Sheriff Tiraspol's trainer has been the last. The latest name to join a series of managers who don't care about results or success to keep their position. This Catalan coach 32 years, young but well prepared, has been removed from his post after not qualifying his team for the first time in history for the round of 32 of the Europa League to this Moldovan team, unknown to the general public but power in his country.
His extraordinary theoretical knowledge of football has been of no use to him (Degree in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences as well as a doctorate in Sports Sciences) or his brilliant application of it in practice leading the youthful Málaga last year to beat several records or to manage to make the Sheriff the best season in its history. The club's directors have dismissed him, putting an end to an ephemeral three-month stint in Moldovan football. A strange circumstance that reminds us of other cases of coaches who were fired in the honeys of success. Here some examples:
Radomir Antic: possibly the most notorious case. Ramón Mendoza fired the Serbian coach from Real Madrid after proclaiming himself the winter champion of the campaign 1991-1992 three points ahead. The result could not be worse. The white box would end up losing the league of that course.
Luis Aragones: officially not renewed, but the truth is that no one offered him such a possibility. It was an invitation to leave. And that had led Spain to be champion of Europe 44 years later.
Vicente del Bosque: Precisely the relief of Luis Aragonés suffered in 2003 that same feeling. He was fired at a celebration dinner for the brilliantly achieved League title. With a legacy of two European Cups under his arm, That excellent record was of no use to continue. Florentino was looking for something more “chic” and changed it to Carlos Queiroz. The result, well known. Madrid has not played a European Cup final again.
Rafa Benitez: with tears in his eyes and excited, the one who had been the Valencia coach of the two Leagues and one UEFA had to leave the position very reluctantly due to the lack of confidence of the strong man of that council, Manuel Llorente. Consequence: Valencia no longer fought for a European title, outside the European Super Cup. Curiously, something similar happened to him last year at Chelsea.
Pepe Mel: the last known case. He took the team in the Second Division, promoted it and endowed it with an attractive game. However, a bad start to the championship ended up killing him despite being a beloved coach and one of the best in the history of Real Betis.
Victor Manuel Vucetich: Mexico's penultimate coach lasted two games. One more record if you take into account that the Aztec team added a victory in them.