Former Spain women’s national coach Jorge Vilda called his sacking “unfair” on Tuesday and spoke out about why he was applauded in front of Luis Rubiales’ board as the fallout from the president of football’s unwanted World Cup kiss continues.
In an interview with the Spanish Sports Radio program ”sparOn the Cadena SER, Vilda was asked how he felt after Tuesday’s announcement.
“I’m at my best after being world champion 16 days ago, then 10 days ago I got a four-year extension, plus the year I have left, and then today after being fired, that’s what I think.” fair”.
A few hours after Filda was sacked as coach, the Spanish Football Federation announced that he would be replaced by his deputy, Montse Tomé – the first woman to hold the position in the history of the Spanish national team.
Vilda said he was informed of his sacking by interim RFEF president Pedro Rocha, among others, in a short meeting, citing structural changes as reasons.
“After 17 years in women’s football, after everything we’ve accomplished… I have a clear awareness that I’ve put in 100% effort every single day for these 17 years, but I don’t understand the decision and I don’t think I will.” He said, “He deserves to be fired.”
Vilda added that although he had not expected to be removed from his position, he had spoken with Tommy.
“Well, yeah, I congratulated her. I think she deserves it, and I think she has the potential to do the job really well.”
The moves come as part of a major change in Spanish football since Spanish Football Federation president Rubiales forcibly kissed striker Jennifer Hermoso in the Women’s World Cup final on August 20.
Rubiales apologized for his actions and described the kiss as “mutual”, which Hermoso denied, saying it was disrespectful. He has been suspended for 90 days by FIFA, while disciplinary proceedings are ongoing.
When asked why he applauded after Rubiales’ speech on “pseudo-feminism” during the federation’s Extraordinary General Assembly on August 26, Vilda said the situation was complex, adding that he would never applaud anything that went against the feminist movement.
“Well, the first thing I want to make clear is that I have never and never will praise anything sexist,” said Vilda, explaining that he believed the reason for the gathering was that Rubiales was going to announce his resignation.
He continued, “When you are in the front row and the president praises you, announces the extension of your contract and praises your work … I praised you for that.”
“It’s very complicated, when you have about 150 people standing next to you and clapping, and you’re the only one standing and not clapping, it’s really complicated.
Vilda, who said he had not spoken to Rubiales since the convening of the congress, condemned the president’s “inappropriate and unacceptable” behavior during the World Cup final.
Also on Tuesday, the 42-year-old said it was unbelievable Statement issued last month – which was signed by more than 80 people, including members of the Women’s World Cup winning team – among whom he called for a change of leadership in Spanish football.
“I don’t feel like it’s being hinted at because I don’t feel like a director — because I’m not,” said Felda.
“I’m a coach. I’m a coach, so when you talk about leadership, I don’t feel like it’s alluding to me. In addition, since the start of this season it hasn’t been said publicly that they’re asking for my dismissal or that they’re asking for my head.
“In fact, one of the leaders came out of it and said directly that they weren’t asking for Jorge Vilda to be sacked, they were asking for other things.”