ANDThis June 7 marks one year since the retirement of a legend of Spanish football and the elche. Little boythe player with the most appearances and goals in the history of the Second Division and the team from Elche, among other records achieved during his 23-year career, announced that he was hanging up his boots in an emotional press conference. About to turn 41 and with more than 800 official matches behind himVera’s ‘Caonero’ closed his stage on the pitch after fulfilling his dream of being promoted and playing with ‘his’ Elche in the First Division.
“It seems like yesterday, and it’s already been a year”, Nino said in an interview with the official channels of the franjiverde club. During this period, the former striker has made his debut on the bench, as second coach of the Elche subsidiary. “My adaptation to my new life has been easier than I expected. I continue to work at home, Elche, and surrounded by football and my family”.
“You try to contribute your experience to help the boys. Transfer the values of work, humility, responsibility, respect and solidarity to them. And make them see the reality of professional football,” said the man from Almería, who visualizes his “goal of being a coach in the day tomorrow.” In fact, Nino could take over the reins of El Ilicitano next season. Ren Martinez, who served as the first coach of the franjiverde subsidiary during the last course, announced his goodbye to Elche this Tuesday. Y the legend could replace him.
On his excellent career as a player, Nino stressed that he did “something important” and earned “the respect of the world of football.” “It means a lot, it’s a tremendous honor,” said Nino, who stressed that during his time with the Elche shirt he reflected “a franjiverde feeling to carry all your life”.