EPM reported this morning that Villarreal's final list of candidates for the head coaching job includes Gorosito, Preciado, Velasquez, and Paco Jemez (an interesting bunch), but speculation is Preciado will get it, especially since Elche's president is quoted as saying they wanted him for their coaching vacancy but 'he is going to Villarreal'. Nothing official yet, however.
Players on the move: our Sr. Llorente is in Italy, where Juventus are interested in Zapata and EPM reports both Inter Milan and Milan are interested in Borja Valero. There has been nothing new on the move to Malaga for a couple of weeks now and perhap Sr. Roig does not want to do business with them anymore after their failure to promptly pay tax on the Santi deal.
Twitter reports Carlos Marchena is talking to Bruges (Club Brugge), though I have not seen anything in print confirming this; supposedly the club has also told Cani he is welcome to move on. He of course came from Real Zaragoza to us and both he (and they) are interested in him returning there, but from this article it seems Villarreal would prefer he play outside Spain.
And even with his injury, we still get a Giuseppe Rossi report, basically Napoli thinking about him again:
Finally, Valencia Sr. Llorente comes out swinging. Sounds like he thinks he knows who reported him to the authorities, and it was not Sr. Roig:
By the way, the Segunda playoffs kick off tomorrow, with Hercules hosting Alcorcon and Cordoba welcoming Real Valladolid to town.
Of those four, Real Valladolid (only six seasons in the Segunda since 1980, the rest in the Primera) has the strongest pedigree. Hercules was promoted to La Liga two years ago but immediately relegated back, and has only played in the Primera two seasons since 1985; Cordoba hasn't played in the first division since 1972.
As for Alcorcon, the club that famously eliminated Real Madrid from the Copa del Rey in 2009 (and was indrectly responsible for Manuel Pellegrini's dismissal), they have never been in the Primera at all, and in fact have only spent two years in the Segunda (9th last year, 4th this year). And their colors are yellow and blue....so maybe they will be my sentimental choice to join Celta and Depor in the top flight.
Meanwhile, the playoffs for promotion to the Segunda continue this Saturday. Lucena and Lugo won away to Ponferradina and Atletico Baleares, respectively, so are favorites to progress; Tenerife (and ex-Villarreal B boy Kike Lopez) won 1-0 at Linense, so should continue on, while Cadiz and Albacete drew 0-0 in Cadiz.
Enjoy your day! Tornarem!