Sunday Catoiranew sporting director of the Spanish after the dismissal of Francisco Joaqun Prez Rufetestated this Friday in his presentation at the RCDE Stadium that the new project should “re-illusion” the fans.
Catoira’s priority, with experience in the sports organization chart of the Valladolid and Valencia, is to lead a project that should relaunch the club. That is why the entity has extended its contract, which ends in June 2023. “The future must be my hallmark, without giving up what has been done before,” he commented.
One of the first decisions Catoira be the appointment of the future coach of the first team: “Being a key piece and hopefully we get it right because it gives us a lot of security at work. We have just fired a professional with integrity, who has clearly met his objectives, and now we must look forward “.
Regarding the planning of the squad for the next campaign, the new sports director asserted that it is “soon” to carry out a “deep analysis” in this regard. In any case, Catoira did acknowledge that the timing of the decisions made “makes it easier for everything to be studied calmly.”
For his part, the CEO Mao Ye insisted that this represents “a new beginning and a new stage.” In this sense, the director insisted that the club had “very clear decisions and when to make them”, in reference to the dismissal of the coach, Vicente Moreno, and the sports director, Rufete.
Asked about the objectives, Mao Ye pointed out that the goal is to achieve “a bigger Espanyol in all senses” and explained that the economic resources will be “sufficient, but always limited”. “Good professionals must take advantage of what we have to get the most out of it,” he added.
Finally, the CEO was thoughtful and critical: “We must learn from the mistakes of the past, but without forgetting the suffering and struggle of these two years. We must give 120 percent because one hundred percent is not enough.”