Koeman's "revolution" approved by fans but not by media
The decision of Valencia coach Koeman to release veterans Canizares and Albelda seems to be largely approved by the fans.
19 December 2007
MADRID - The decision of Valencia coach Ronald Koeman, announced on Tuesday, to release veterans Santiago Canizares and David Albelda, seems to be largely approved by the fans - though not by the media.
An online opinion poll taken by sports daily Marca, in which 39,818 readers had voted by Wednesday morning, shows that 57.95 percent agree with Koeman's decision, whilst 42.05 percent disagree.
Radio Valencia on Wednesday observed that "most of the fans seem to agree with Koeman", though many would have preferred "a more dignified exit" for the two veterans.
Koeman's controversial decision, however, has been largely criticised in the Spanish media.
Television channel Tele 5 has called it "a very drastic decision, apparently taken in a hasty fashion", whilst radio station Cadena COPE has commented that "it should not have been done in this way, which was rather brutal."
Alfredo Relano, editor of sports daily AS, goes even further in his column on Wednesday.
He accuses Koeman of "breaking his contract" with PSV Eindhoven in November, of having taken the Valencia job in order to position himself to return to Barcelona (for whom he scored the winner in the 1992 Champions Cup final) and of "not showing the least respect" for "two symbols of the club."
Canizares, 38, and Albelda, 30, were two of the pillars of Rafa Benitez's Valencia side which won the Spanish Liga in 2002 and 2004, as well as the UEFA Cup and the European Supercup in 2004.
Both veterans are already planning to leave Valencia, because of Koeman, in the January transfer "window".
[Copyright dpa 2007]
Subject: Spanish news