Javier Clemente Says the Darndest ThingsBy: Ryan | April 20th, 2008
Former Spanish National Team manager Javier Clemente has found a new home at Real Murcia this season. This comes after a lengthy discussion with Iran about coaching their national side, which ended in Clemente accepting the job, but saying he wouldn’t live in Iran. Needless to say that didn’t go well, and Clemente ended up back in his native land.
Clemente has never been shy about attacking people in the press. Players, coaches, presidents, everyone is fair game for him. Last week before the Real Madrid – Murcia game, Clemente took a shot at Bernrd Schuster, saying.
‘It’s easy to manage a big club. It’s less work, it’s very comfy and it’s easy. You get more wins without having to prepare anything really. In a smaller club, you have to work much harder’.
Well, this week Javi decided to switch up his opponents, and he went straight for the press. And it was a doozy.
Upon returning home to Murcia after a 1-0 loss to Real Madrid last weekend, Clemente took the opportunity to lambaste his team before their first training session of the week. Needless to say, Clemente was less than nice, calling his players ‘cowards’ and telling them ‘teneis mucha jeta’ (um…you’ve got a lot of f’n balls’). I personally don’t have a problem with a coach going to town on his players, but the problem was that he did it within earshot of the press.
So the press published this, of course. Needless to say, Clemente was none too pleased with this and decided to do what any coach would do, train behind closed doors. Case closed right? Wrong.
The following day, Clemente took to the press with the best quote of the season.
La habéis cagado conmigo. Os invité a mi casa a tomar café y me sacáis fotos de la parienta en pelotas. Era una conversación privada, la puerta estaba cerrada y si os enteráis de lo que se dijo dentro, pues bien, pero os calláis. Habéis sido muy buenos profesionales, pero ya no me fío. Vamos, que la habéis cagado conmigo. Hablo más que un sacamuelas, pero ahora no me oiréis más.
You all f***d it up. I invited you to my house to have a coffee and you took out naked pictures of my wife. It was a private conversation, the door was closed and if you heard something that was said inside, you don’t repeat it. You all have been really professional, but now I don’t trust you. I talk more than a dentist, but now you won’t hear me anymore.
The original quote I saw had him saying ‘I invited you in my house to have a coffee and you f’d my wife.’
So this is the complete opposite of Avram Grant, right?