MADRID, September 20 (Primera
Liga) - Just three games into the Primera Liga season and Real Madrid
have a new coach with little experience at the top level, a squad of
underachieving players and the problem of what to do with Jose Antonio
Camacho's resignation as coach was accepted by president Florentino
Perez on Monday morning although, according to Perez, he will remain at
the club in an as-yet undecided position.
The coaching role has gone to Mariano Garcia Remon, one of Camacho's
assistants, although he seemed less than enamoured to be placed in
charge of a dressing room full of dominant multi-millionaires, whose
lack of commitment in recent weeks undoubtedly led to Camacho's decision
At his unveiling, Remon said: ``It's a sad day for me because it means
the end of a job that was well done that hasn't been rewarded on the
``I'm here for two reasons: that Camacho asked me and that Real Madrid
and their president asked me.
``Only in that order would I have accepted the job. It's not the way I
wanted to arrive.''
Madrid have yet to clarify whether Remon has taken over on a temporary
or full time basis but, either way, it is a tough role for a man whose
previous coaching experience has come at Sporting Gijon, Salamanca and
His first task is to get the players on side as well as a notoriously
fickle Bernabeu crowd.
Remon takes charge for the game with Osasuna on Tuesday night as Madrid
look to bounce back from two defeats in the past week.
They went down 1-0 to Espanyol at the weekend - and finished the game in
total disarray following the dismissals of Walter Samuel and Michel
Salgado - but the real damage, in Camacho's eyes, was done against Bayer
Leverkusen last Wednesday night.
Madrid were thrashed 3-0 by the Germans in their Champions League
encounter although the margin of defeat could have been a lot greater
such was the visitors' sluggish performance.
Suggestions that Camacho was unhappy with the attitude of the club's
so-called `galacticos' also seemed to gather pace at the BayArena.
At 3-0 down, he hauled off Luis Figo and Ronaldo and then left out Raul
and David Beckham for the trip to Espanyol three days later.
Camacho, who also spent a 23-day spell in charge of the club he served
with such distinction as a player in the summer of 1998, hinted at a
lack of support from the dressing room when announcing his departure.
He praised the club's directors and president for their backing but made
no mention of the players.
He said: ``The performance of the team has not been good enough and I
don't think it will improve. I have a way of working which I don't see
reflected on the pitch.
``I saw this and I told the president I didn't think I could change it
in the near future and the best thing was for me to leave now.
``I have had the support of the directors and the president all the time
but it hasn't worked. As I see it, I can't get the best out of the club
- the best thing is to leave now.''
It is thought there was a clash of egos and Camacho's renown stubborn
streak was always going to be the reason behind his downfall.
What he does now is not certain.
Perez is adamant Camacho, who took over for a second time in May from
the sacked Carlos Queiroz, will stay at the Bernabeu but the former
Spain coach is a proud man and is unlikely to accept a role too far from
Explaining the decision to appoint Remon, Perez insists it was important
for the club to try and retain a degree of continuity.
He said: ``We (the Real Madrid board of directors) have decided to give
our confidence as coach to a club man who is recognised as part of the
Madrid culture, who will ensure the continuity of the work carried out.
``We want to give a message of confidence and calm and we will all work
together to achieve our aim for this season.
``The directors strongly believe that great clubs should react with
normality in the face of problems because the institution is always the
most important thing.''
Espanyol 1 x 0 Real Madrid
de la Cruz David Garcia
Ivan De la Pena
Venue: Montjuic Stadium
Referee: Vicente Lizondo Cortes
Yellow Cards: Mauricio Pochettino (26), Raul Tamudo (88), Ivan De la
Pena (90) - Espanyol; Walter Samuel (30), Ivan Helguera (45), Jose Maria
Guti (51), Roberto Carlos (67), Iker Casillas (90) - Real Madrid
Red Cards: Walter Samuel (74), Michel Salgado (90) - Real Madrid
Goal: Rodriguez Maxi (42) - Espanyol