Camacho quits with partingshot at players' lifestyles
20 September 2004, MADRID – Real Madrid manager José Antonio Camacho announced his shock resignation from Spain's biggest club Monday after just a handful of matches, blaming the players' superstar lifestyles for his exit.
20 September 2004
MADRID – Real Madrid manager José Antonio Camacho announced his shock resignation from Spain's biggest club Monday after just a handful of matches, blaming the players' superstar lifestyles for his exit.
Camacho had a short meeting with Real Madrid chairman Florentino Pérez and the two were expected to meet again Monday.
But the club announced the meeting had been cancelled and that a short statement would be made to confirm his departure.
The news dominated news bulletins in Spain, where the lives of the Real Madrid players fill the gossip magazines.
Camacho, a former Real Madrid player and coach of the national team, made his decision after his team lost 0-1 to the lowly Espanol Saturday and two Real players were sent off.
Last Wednesday, 'los Blancos' lost 0-3 to Bayer Leverkusen in a crucial Champions Cup in Germany.
Camacho has been replaced by Mariano García Remón, who will lead the club until the end of the season. Camacho has only been in the post since taking over from Carlos Queiroz in May.
He was fired after the nine-times European champions could only reach the last eight of the Champions League last season and finished fourth in La Liga.
Camacho was a stalwart with Real as a player, making more than 400 appearances between 1973-89 and winning nine Spanish league titles, three Spanish Cups and two Uefa Cups.
He won 81 caps for Spain and played in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.
He is currently in his second stint as coach at Real, where he lasted just three weeks in the summer of 1998 before resigning over a disagreement with former chairman Lorenzo Sanz.
Camacho then went on to coach the Spanish national side for four years, after which he returned to the Bernabeu via a short stint with Portugal's Benfica.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news