Manager Merry Go Round

Just over two weeks since the season has finished and finally the Manager situation at Real Mallorca has been sorted. Well the fact that Vincente Moreno has left the club for Espanyol. It’s not clear right now what compensation was paid, one million euros was the release clause with Mallorca holding out and Espanyol not wanting to pay anything. It seems that a compromise was found probably half of the money as neither club wanted it to drag on more. The attention is now on Mallorca and who they employ.
Pep Luis Marti might have been in the frame. Their former player and Captain who played 316 times for the first team and Mallorca B and had surprisingly just been fired by Girona after getting them to the play-offs. It might have not gone unnoticed though that Pep was in charge of Deportivo La Coruña who capitulated in the play-offs against Mallorca, losing 3-0 in the second leg and 3-2 overall. All this was immaterial as on Monday Leganés the other team relegated from La Liga appointed him as their new coach.
So who’s in the frame for Mallorca? Well last week Andoni Iraola arrived at Palma airport apparently to talk to the bosses. The former Athletico Bilbao and New York City player whose only coaching experience is for AEK Larnaca and Mirandes. He took the Spanish side to 11th in La Liga 2 last season but more notably to the Copa Del Rey Semi-Finals. He’s young and obviously fresh but does he have enough experience?
Atlético Baleares have replaced Manix Mandiola with Jordi Roger Ceballos who has managed Cornelia and Real Linense in Segunda B. Real Linense were in seventh place in Segunda B Group 4 when the lockdown came and was subsequently cancelled.
UD Ibiza have replaced Pablo Alfaro with Juan Carlos Carcedo. He is most notably known as the man who has been number two to Unai Emery. They’ve been together at Almeria, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Paris Saint Germain and Arsenal. With Emery taking over at Villareal, Carcedo has decided to go out on his own.
Pena Deportiva have got rid of their coach Raúl Casan and are looking for a new one. Perhaps surprisingly as they formed so well in the play-offs.
UD Poblénse were unbeaten in the Tercera division up to the lockdown and defeated Real Mallorca B 2-1 in the play-offs to earn their promotion. Congratulations came from all parts including the former Real Mallorca, Wigan Athletic and Eibar player Ivan Ramis who was born in Sa Pobla.
A great story for Segunda B is a team called Atzeneta UE, managed by former Valencia player David Albelda. Hailing from Atzeneta del Maestrat, newly promoted to 2B, Atzeneta UE are the team with the smallest population (1,271) ever to play at this level in Spanish football.
I’m pleased to say me and my good friend Martin Makepeace in Ibiza have released episode 1 of A Kick in the Balearics. It’s our weekly Zoom and podcast normally out every Wednesday. We’re covering all football in the Balearics including all local football too. My two Sons play for CD San Francisco at Cadete and Alevin level. Jake the eldest starts pre-season next Mondayfor Cadete B and Jude will start towards the end of August for Alevin A. As a goalkeeper Jude has just restarted working with Pablo Roca who runs a very good goalkeeping school here in Mallorca. Martin’s boy Dani plays for SD Portmany Infantil A as a goalkeeper. So we want to cover local football as much as we can. If your Son or Daughter plays for a club and you know they’re looking for players from Juvenile to pre-Benjamin, please get in contact give us all the details and we will share with our listeners and on this blog. Also if you’d like us to feature your club get in touch too.
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Take care everyone, I’m back at the Weekend.
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!
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