Everything was on track for Pablo Machín to become the new franjiverde coach. In fact, last Wednesday night his contract was agreed with the representatives of the coach from Soria pending his departure from Al Rahed of Saudi Arabia, with whom he had a match yesterday afternoon. Machín himself had asked Elche to wait for the league meeting of the Arab country to end and on Friday he would be in Elche’s lands. There were no problems for his separation from Al Rahed, because there was a release clause in case of having an offer from Spanish football.
However, the owner of the Elche, Christian Bragarnik, met an unexpected call yesterday morning. The former coach of Girona, Sevilla, Espanyol and Alavés, at the last minute, put problems and He asked for a few more days -until Saturday- to think better of it, because he was not very clear about it.. Faced with this situation, the Argentine investor told him that if he was not convinced, it was best to quit, because, in addition to not being able to wait that long, he wanted a coach who was 100% committed.
This hard setback led the French-green top shareholder to urgently convene an informal meeting with the different media in order to avoid speculation and explain his position regarding the future tenant of the bench.
Despite the difficult time, Christian Bragarnik was calm, confident and had no problems unveiling the negotiations that has been carried out in recent days to find a coach.
The owner of the club from Elche has encountered four negative responses. Diego Martínez was his first option, but he was quickly discarded because the former Granada coach wants to train in the English Premier League and he is not going to accept any Spanish bench if it is not a very interesting proposal.
After Diego Martínez, Bragarnik contacted the representatives of Xabi Alonso. The current Real Sociedad B coach liked him a lot because of his capacity and youth, but he also said “no”, because he is not willing to leave the bench of the San Sebastian subsidiary and wants to wait to make the jump to a first team, aware that offers are not they will be missing in the future.
The next was Javi grace. The former manager of Almería, Osasuna, Málaga Rubín Kazan, Wattford and Valencia was another of those who met the profile that entered the parameters sought by the maximum shareholder of the French-green entity. But Gracia also declined the offer from Elche, because his intention is to go to train abroad and is waiting for his possible signing for Al Saad of Qatar, to replace Xavi Hernández, after his departure to Barcelona.
The former coach of Almería, UCAM, Lugo, Huesca and Girona was another with whom Christian Bragarnik met, but he was not one hundred percent convinced of the Elche project, despite the fact that on several previous occasions he had already stayed at the gates of land on the bench of Martínez Valero. On this occasion because he is one of the candidates to lead Granada in the event of the dismissal of Robert Moreno in the Andalusian team.
Despite the fact that in recent days several Argentine coaches such as Hernán Crespo or the current Defense and Justice coach Sebastián Beccacece had been linked to Elche, the maximum shareholder denied it completely. With Hernán Crespo there are doubts about his lack of experience in Spanish football and, in addition, he may have problems to legalize his license as he does not have five years directing teams of the highest categories. Bragarnik himself acknowledged that the UEFA Jira Panel poses too many problems to validate the managerial titles obtained in other countries. Another of the Argentine options is Eduardo «El Toto» Berizzo. Although he did not rule it out, he is aware that the former Paraguay coach, due to the health problems he had, after suffering from prostate cancer, prefers to coach a national team.
In the long list that the Elche club has handled in recent days other names such as those of Paco Jemez O Sergio Gonzalez. The former Rayo technician likes him for his tactical approaches, but there is doubt that his strong personality can be a good fit for the Elche squad.
In the case of the former Valladolid coach, there is good information about his way of handling the changing rooms, but there are doubts about his performance, after failing to achieve his last goals with Espanyol and Valladolid.
Bragarnik moved to Valencia yesterday afternoon to maintain a meeting with Javier Tebas on the issue of the CVC Fund, but he commented that between yesterday and today he was going to meet with two national coaches -one of them is Celades- and that with the Osasuna match just around the corner it is no longer so urgent to have a technician before the El match. Sadar, because there is hardly time to work with the team. If he could get it right, but if not, he would set Tuesday as the deadline. What he wants is that the next green-and-green coach is fully convinced of the project.
The maximum shareholder was surprised when he acknowledged that, in case of not being able to sign any coach who fully convinces him, he is weighing and is thinking about the possible return of Jorge Almiron, even though he is aware that it would be an unpopular decision. The owner of Elche assured that, despite the poor results obtained by his compatriot last season, he is very prepared on a technical level, although he made some mistakes when managing the dressing room. But he sees him able to get the most out of the current squad.
The owner of Elche also responded as to whether the possibility of signing a coach who is currently directing a team is being considered. He pointed out that this can only be produced with technicians who are in the Second Division. The name of Pacheta, but discarded it. Although he said that if he were without a team, he would surely consider it, but that he had not tried, nor would Valladolid let him out as he was fighting for promotion.
Bragarnik did not avoid the dismissal of Escribá and assured that it was a possibility that had been hanging over his head in recent weeks, since he was not convinced by some of the tactical approaches of the Valencian coach. He pointed out that he understands his anger and recognizes the love that the fans have for him, but he assured that what he was looking for was the best for Elche and that you have to live from the present and not from the past.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.