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Q&A WITH DEVESA

21 Jun 2012
Josť Luis Devesa is the new front man at Fabril; he gave an interview to Depor Sport and La Voz de Galicia and analyzed the challenges of the team. Heís aware that the promotion to Segunda B is one of the targets for Deporís youngsters.

Q: The first questionÖ I imagine that you are contentÖ
A: Yes, a lot. I have spent more than thirty years as a socio of Deportivo and eleven years working at the youth teams, so I believe that any fan from this club will wish to be where I am right now. Itís a great joy.

Q: What ideas are you bringing to Fabril?
A: My ideas are pretty clear, but must seat first with the club and see what the path to follow is. Since that point it will be time to work hard.

Q: You know the major part of the players as you worked with them before. Is this an advantage?
A: The fact of have been in different teams is giving me an advantage as I know a few generations at the club. I am willing to do things, and itís something necessary in football. Iíve passion and hope that the players are feeling the same.

Q: Whatís your idea of football?
A: Now we have switched the playing style that was at the youth teams in past years. I was already matching the idea and still thinking on the same way. I will focus on that and will try to develop it with the quality and talent that we have.

Q: Are you betting in the combinative game?
A: Itís what Depor want and what people want to see. Itís a style of playing in this city. We love quality and talent, without ruling out the struggle and the fight. Itís what I like too.  But we canít forgive in preparing the players so they can be ready in order to jump into the first team. Thatís the main goal.

Q: Is the promotion the main target?
A: I donít know the target that will be established by the club, but I canít escape from that goal you are mentioning. Itís normal. Anyway, my goal is idealistic. I want to see the people that follow Fabril liking the game; that the players and the spectators will be able to enjoy. If we achieve this then the results will come. One thing after the other and the otherÖ Thereís the key.

Q: So, you think the unity at the group is important
A: Itís a key. You already saw it at the first team. Both the coaching staff and the players talk of this. If there isnít a good environment in the daily work then people wonít enjoy what they are doingÖ itís pretty hard. Since I started as a coach every club as giving me something. Iīve been growing up, improving my coaching skills and learning from people that were with me. We depended of the others, because in the modest clubs you were alone. And at Depor I always had great teams and Iīm grateful for that, because the club has given me the chance.

Q: Do I lie if I say that you are the defender of the players?
A: Weīre a team and we all depend of ourselves. During the week they want me to help them and thatís my job. But on Sunday I want them to help me. The artists are truly the footballers.

How did the Cadete A players assume your exit?
A: They applauded and congratulated me. I said that if Iīve achieved anything it was thanks to them and groups like this one, which I always had for eleven years. I hope to hold on at Fabril until they can reach the team. Theyíre close and are a great group.

Q: Are you in favor of seeing the first and the B team playing with the same scheme?
A: I am in favor that, within the club, thereís an idea and a very marked style of playing, especially at the base, and from there you have to allow the exit to the first team. Clearly, we all must follow the same lane and if the first team coach asks us to play like them, then weíll do it, no more to say. The main thing is the main thing.

Q: Do you believe that the good game is more important than the good results?
A: I think that the good game leads you to good results, I believe it. You must try to play well, in this way you have many chances to win.

Q: Have you talked to Oltra?
A: No, I never talked to him, but I have spoken with the sporting director. If we want to see the first team playing at Primera Divisiůn then we all must help.

Q: And if he asks you to recommend a name for the first team, who will be the one?
A: Whoever he needs, or the best we have, and from that moment to prepare another one. The players must be tightening, if they want to remain there. If we all push from the inside, all players and coaches, then the competitive level will be higher.

Q: Now, however, it seems that Celta is marking the trend in Galicia regarding the youth teams, with a lineup full of home-grown players.
AT: Itís the same at Deportivo... what happens is that... sometimes there are some factorsÖ there are things and you try to analyze, but Deportivo already do it. At Celta you also need to analyze whether they do it convinced or just because they are forced to do it. It must be analyzed. We will do this because there is no other way. That's the reading.

Q: With Fabril and Celta B at Tercera, is the future of Galician football endangered?
A: We're not living a bad moment. I speak of what I experienced this year. If we see both Cadete teams from Celta and Deportivo I believe, and I talked with a lot of people that also thought the same thing, that if you work with the two teams together then in a few years you would make a really strong team at Primera, a team that could be in mid-table, thatís for sure. In these two clubs there are enough resources to create a Galician starting eleven that will be a guarantee, a reality. But there is work to do, a few years, hard work, but in four, five or six years it would be there.

Q: But you will have to fight against the interest of the 'big' clubs, including foreigners
A: But you cannot fight against it, it goes out of your hands. It's a dream; we work with this group and letís see what we can get. And I think there is raw material. This is like the cook, there's good stuff, but you have to be careful and not burn it, cook's work.

Q: Whatís your diagnosis for seeing Fabril living in recent years at Tercera instead of being at Segunda B?
A: I donít know, we should talk with the people that were here before, theyīve more knowledge than I of what was happening. They know; they lived the day by day.

Q: Are you arriving to Fabril feeling the pressure?
A: No. I have no pressure, I'm very quiet, but surely there are people waiting to see when I could fail. But we must differentiate people. That we are going to commit mistakes? Sure, but try to do it as little as possible and see if we learn from mistakes. And let's try that this factor will differentiate us from other teams.

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