Real Madrid Sack Youth Coach After He Criticises Casemiro And Toni Kroos
A note to anyone employed by Real Madrid CF: do not criticise any first-team players because you might just end up without a job.
As per MARCA, that's exactly the fate youth coach Alvaro Benito has suffered after he gave some strong opinions on the humiliating 3-0 El Clasico Copa Del Rey final semi-final second leg defeat to Barcelona.
Benito, who won one La Liga title with Real during his time as a player there, said neither Casemiro and Toni Kroos should not be in the side.
"Vinicius is a blessed irruption, has surprised us all," Benito, said as part of his punditry for Movistar and Cadena SER following the defeat to Barca.
"The problem is that there are players like Casemiro who shouldn't play a minute, and Kroos too."
ÁLVARO BENITO en @carrusel
"Vinicius es una bendita irrupción, nos ha sorprendido a todos y da un nivelón. Es un juvenil pero desequilibra el ataque en los dos equipos"
"El problema es que hay jugadores como Casemiro que no está ni para jugar un minuto. Y Kroos parecido"
- Carrusel Deportivo (@carrusel) February 27, 2019
And ultimately, his comments have cost him his job as the Juvenil B side manager despite the team being second in their league, one point off rivals Atletico with a game to spare.
Real Madrid have sacked youth coach and part time pop rock singer Alvaro Benito for criticising the first team on Spanish radio in last night's Clasico. Always difficult to be a good pundit and an employee of one of the club's you are talking about.- Richard Martin (@Rich9908) February 28, 2019
Alvaro Benito: "Vinicius' emergence is a blessing; an ability to unbalance oppositions. The problem is there are players like Casemiro who shouldn't play a single minute. And Kroos."- M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) February 28, 2019
Few hours later..
MARCA: Real Madrid sack Alvaro Benito as Juvenil B coach. Replaced by Raul.
With the Real hierarchy unhappy with what he had to say on TV, he's been relieved of duties and immediately replaced by Real legend Raul Gonzalez, who has been promoted from his position as Cadete B boss.
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Benito, who is also a part-time rock star, has issued a lengthy statement regarding his dismissal but maintained his class.
"I leave the club of my heart with a calm conscience, as I gave my all each day since I returned to Real Madrid," he said in a statement, via MARCA.
"I've always defended my love for this institution and that'll stay the same forever.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity I was given to return to the place where I grew up and where I became a footballer, where I learned the values I carried throughout my career.
"It's a matter of pride to have been at the academy in the past few years and to have helped in the training of the young players who'll soon be stars at Real Madrid.
"To see them succeed will be the ultimate recognition.
"I'm thankful for the care of all the club's workers, as there is a great human group at Real Madrid and this makes the institution greater each day.
"I have a clear conscience because I faced each day trying to help the kids progress and they were always up to the standards that the Real Madrid badge represents."
Alvaro Benito on his Real Madrid sacking: pic.twitter.com/2SD3MsR6LC- M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) March 1, 2019
Former Ballon d'Or winner Raul will take charge of his first game this weekend when the Juvenil B team take on Leganes.