Fernando Galindo, president of Movistar Estudiantes, appeared before the media for the first time since the team relegation to LEB Gold. The collegiate leader, who said he does not want “some team not to go up” to get rid of a new decline, did not avoid the responsibilities of the board, although he ruled out resignations, and set the goal for next year: “Failure to move up would be a failure”.
Things have been done between bad and very bad. We assume our responsibility
The president acknowledged that in order to reach the situation in which the first men’s team is in, “things have been done between bad and very bad. We assume our responsibility and there is nothing to object. We assume it. I am the first and all the managers. clench your teeth and look to the future. ” Galindo assured that “deep and important changes will have to be made in the institution to adapt to the new situation and turn this decline into an opportunity “.
The first change will be to separate the sports part from the rest of the club’s activities. “Until now we have focused efforts and work on solving the difficult economic situation and now we want the general management [representada en la figura de José Asensio] take care of everything except sports. We will make a team to work only on basketball. We are going to change the structure so as not to make the mistakes of the past “, assured the student president, who also assured that the quarry will be strengthened and the club’s hallmark will be maintained.
The Students will not disappear or faint
Galindo wanted reassure about the future of the entity by assuring that “it will not disappear or faint.” Movistar and the rest of the sponsors will continue with the Students, who will also ask the institutions for collaboration. “We are going to meet with the City Council, the Community of Madrid and the Higher Sports Council to tell them that we exist. We are not the South or other abandoned areas, but an important and relevant institution in the world of sport and beyond, “said the president.
There is also a meeting pending with Hajando to try to accommodate the debt to the new reality. At the moment Students pay 1.4 million euros per season to the Tax Agency. From the club it is considered that without these payments the sporting results would be different, “although it is not an excuse.”
I would like to be like Atlético de Madrid, which had more fans in the Second Division than in the First Division, but I don’t want to spend two years in hell
Without having yet entered into the planning of the next course, Galindo believes that can have “one of the highest budgets of the LEB Gold, with which the self-demand rises “. For this reason, the return to the ACB is the main objective:” We contemplate going up next year. I would like to be like Atlético de Madrid, which had more fans in the Second Division than in the First Division, but I don’t want to spend two years in hell. “
Players, coach and flag
Schoolboys have a few important details to figure out when it comes to sports. For example, what to do with contract players. “We must have a special squad to try to face the promotion”Galindo said he felt unable to answer about the current staff members. Nor is the continuity of Jota Cuspinera as coach yet clear: “We have nothing decided. We are in talks.” Not about the pavilion where the team will play: “Here at Magariños, no. It’s a problem to be solved. We’ll see if it’s at the WiZink Center, the Madrid Arena, IFEMA …”.
After three declines in the last 10 years and one more to which they seemed headed last season, Estudiantes have given the fans little joy. “We apologize. We have been wrong. We have learned the lesson that reality has given us. We are going to work hard to be in the top category next year, “promised Galindo, who is not in favor of changes in the offices:” We are going to hold a general meeting of shareholders to give accounts. It will be the fans who will give or take away our confidence, but we have not seen human groups that can take charge of the situation. Creating a management board now would be irresponsible and it would seem like cowardice to leave. Those of us who are here are the ones who must face the future. “
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