Ex-CD Montesinos manager Juanpe has criticised his former employers, writes Andrew Atkinson, with ex-Orihuela coach, Roberto Cases now the new boss of the side. Juanpe didn’t have his contract renewed after seven years by the club committee who felt that it was time for a change, after they fell badly away towards the end of the season. Juanpe, who is now in charge of Almoradi-based side, Sporting Saladar, has claimed that he was not backed in his bid to get rid of disruptive players.
‘The new committee decided not to renew my contract. It was always my intention to stay. But that’s football’ said Juanpe. ‘The main condition was that I wanted to make sure that a few of last season’s players, who had made life difficult for me, were not re-signed by the club. I asked last season’s committee to back me, which was not done and for this coming season I asked the new committee not to renew these players’ contracts, but to no avail.’
Juanpe would not elaborate on what players he wanted dumped, but fumed that his efforts for the club had not been appreciated. ‘In my seven years I feel I have improved the side every season. I have given up home and family time and attracted new sponsors, but that was not taken into consideration by the new committee. I feel the best resource the club has is the fans, the ‘Full Monte’. I feel they should be valued more by the club and the town’
‘Where else in Spain does a small club with little resources have supporters like you? Nowhere! I wish the fans and the club all the best in future’, added Juanpe.