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Jorge Vilda, dismissed as women's coach

MADRID, 5 Sep.

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Jorge Vilda, dismissed as women's coach


The coach Jorge Vilda has been dismissed this Tuesday as the women's national soccer team, shortly after proclaiming himself world champion in the tournament in Australia and New Zealand, and the Extraordinary General Assembly of the RFEF in which he applauded the speech of President Luis Rubiales, suspended by FIFA.

"The RFEF, in one of the first renewal measures announced by President Pedro Rocha, has decided to dispense with the services of Jorge Vilda as sports director and women's national coach, a position, the latter, to which he agreed in 2015", advanced the RFEF in a statement.

The dismissal of the women's national team, already "worn out" by the conflict of "The 15" international "rebels", comes after the national team embroidered its first star by beating England (1-0) in the Cup final of the Women's World on August 20.

This historic milestone was punctuated by Luis Rubiales's kiss to the international Jenni Hermoso in the celebration of the trophy, as well as by the intervention of the suspended president in the Extraordinary Assembly of the RFEF, in which he refused to resign, to applause from most of those present, including Vilda.

In addition, the coaching staff of the former women's coach made their positions "available" to the federation, and the world champions announced that they would resign from the team if changes were not made to the structure of Spanish women's football.

At that meeting in Las Rozas, Rubiales announced the start of negotiations to shield Vilda for the next four years by charging a salary of 500,000 euros per year. Finally, the agreement has not been confirmed, already with Pedro Rocha as interim president of the RFEF.

Precisely, the president of the Higher Sports Council (CSD), Víctor Francos, will hold this afternoon, starting at 5:30 p.m., a meeting at the organization's headquarters with Rocha. According to the CSD, the reason for this meeting responds to the "interest" of the Secretary of State for Sport "in finding out about the structural changes" announced by the federal body last week after the meeting of the Commission of Territorial Presidents.

The RFEF then reported a "profound" and "imminent organic restructuring" in strategic positions in the federation to make way for a "new management stage" in Spanish football after everything that happened after Luis Rubiales kissed Jenni Hermoso after the World Cup final.

In its statement, the federative body thanked Vilda for her work as head of the women's team, also in her role as head of sports for the women's teams, as well as the successes achieved during her time "crowned with the recent achievement of the World Cup."

"We value her impeccable personal and sporting conduct, being a key piece in the remarkable growth of women's football in Spain. During her long period, Vilda has been a promoter of the values ​​of respect and sportsmanship in football", highlighted the RFEF , which also highlighted that the coach "has given a notable boost that is reflected in the great results obtained", with the first star as the greatest achievement.

In the national lower categories, Vilda lifted the U-17 European Championship twice, a category in which she achieved second place in the world, and also lifted the U-19 European Championship, before reaching the senior team in 2015. "When she took over the bench of the National Team, the national team was far from the elite and right now it occupies the second position in the FIFA ranking", highlighted the Federation.

As sports director, Spain won the U-17 World Cup twice and also won the U-20 category trophy. In addition, two European under-19 championships and two European under-17 championships are on the list of winners, with the national youth team currently being the most successful.

"The RFEF would like to express its gratitude to Jorge Vilda for the services provided, for his professionalism and dedication over all these years, wishing him the best of success in the future. The RFEF is left with an extraordinary sporting legacy thanks to the implementation of a model of recognized play and a methodology that has been the engine of growth for all the female categories of the national team," concluded the statement from the federative entity.