20 Jun 2014
The new Fabrilís coach conceded his first interview. It was to Xurxo FernŠndez from newspaper La Voz de Galicia. He emphasized that the promotion isnít a priority; instead he prefer to focus in preparing the players for the first team.

Q: Was there much to negotiate to see you accepting?
A: Nothing. From the first moment I liked what I was told. I was born at Deportivo, I spent there ten years and for me this is a full circle, to return home. It wasnít a difficult decision. My idea was to spend my whole time at the Galician Federation, but left a single open door: Fabril. And I'm very grateful to the club, to Laracha and the president of the Federation for the facilities they have given to me. For this job there were many good candidates, so I feel so lucky to be chosen. It means working for an elite team and under excellent conditions.

Q: Did they demand the promotion?
A: We havenít talked about promotion. What prevails is the situation of the first team. From all points of view. Including the economic sense. Right now maybe to play in a higher league would need a financial investment and human material thatís difficult to provide. I come trying to see the lads been competitive. To tell then they have to win every game, starting from the pre-season. And if the players are mentally prepared and they grow up, then the results will come. The ideal thing for many clubs is to see the B squad playing in the closest league to the first team, but here you have to see if this ideal meets reality. Currently Tercera allows you to get competitive players and maybe in a couple of years the situation will tell you thatís the right time to start closing the gap with the first team. Right now, the promotion, to retrieve a level, is secondary.

Q: So to win or lose is secondary.
A: Not at all. By the time you compete in a league, the result is important. Otherwise, we'd be playing for something else. The competition is to win games and that's what we're going to try. But the main goal is to have the players prepared to nurture the first team. You have to make them competitive, to see that at any time they could make the jump.

Q: The results of the last season were discreet.
A: I liked what Devesa did. But the Fabril of last year suffered the fact of seeing so many players going to the first team. As the situation stabilized, it improved.

Q: Are you in favor of seen all the academy teams using the same tactic?
A: Not much. At the end, when they ask things about a player, they donít ask if he can play in a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3. They ask how good is he shooting on target or defending. The lads need to be trained through the ball. Thatís the priority. I donít think that any system will lead to a better development.

Q: As the coach of Laracha, you saw many players from Fabril. What do you think?
A: It's still early. My role is to work for Deportivo. Working for some kids with excellent conditions. Because the future is earned by many things beyond the conditions. At Fabril we already have players that could reach the first team. But the point is to stay. Not to debut and have four minutes. We need to see that, when Fernando [VŠzquez] needs a player from Fabril, he will be mature enough and mentally prepared for the challenge.

Q: Your arrival to Fabril is part of a great change at the academy. How about the transformation? Why do you think?
A: When someone new arrives it seems logic to me to choose new people. Itís something natural. In my opinion, what you should do is to thank those who have worked here all these years for helping Depor been better. For all the effort made. The reasons for the policy is something I donít know. Iím arriving for Fabril and havenít requested for explanations on other topics. From now on we will have meetings to establish a global idea. My connection to all layers of Deportivo will be total and my respect for the work of everyone will always be high.



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