Those were the days...... (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Coaches first: Paco Jemez has said the Villarreal project is very attractive, but has three teams considering him; we know one is Rayo, and it appears he is heading there (Radio Marca reports it is a done deal). Julio Velasquez has turned down Elche, but now another Valencian Community team, Hércules, has him on their potential list. Meanwhile Gorosito was at home in Buenos Aires or again in Vila-real, depending on whom you believe, and is either our top choice, or ....maybe not. No new news of Marcelino, either.
Players: Nilmar showed up on the cover of Mundo Deportivo with an article suggesting Barcelona are interested; as one wag put it on Twitter, if they paid us €16m for Caceres, Nilmar should bring €30m, right? Dream on. Nilmar's agent has agreed personal terms with Inter in Brazil, but they only offered us €5m apparently; Dinamo Kyiv has offered €8m plus €2m in extras, apparently, which is OK with Villarreal but who knows if the player would accept that move.
Marchena is rumored to be moving to Sevilla, but nothing concrete. Of course Montero is now gone (see yesterday's fanshot).
And this is interesting--at a meeting of the league clubs yesterday, a definite split emerged on how to deal with Mediapro, the company that controls the TV rights for various teams. Courts have said Mediapro (itself in bankruptcy, I believe) owe Athletic Club, Real Sociedad, Espanyol and Zaragoza money, and by a vote of 13 to 7 the league clubs voted that Mediapro can't enter stadiums to broadcast games until they pay up. Barcelona and Real MAdrid were among the seven who voted no, arguing that Mediapro had met the terms of its contract.
Also, there is question about longer-term contracts, which the Competition Commission decided should be canceled beyond three years. This time the vote was 10 to 10, with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid leading one group and the "big two" the other. Not that it will affect us in the Segunda much, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
A reminder, speaking of the Segunda, that the first leg of the promotion final--Alcorcon v Valladolid--takes place today in Alcorcon's little ground; the second leg in Valladolid on Saturday is sold out. Enjoy the day, there are some tasty European Championship matches for sure!!