Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Cruijff on Mourinho, Blanc and Valverde

In an interview with the Catalan television station TV3, Barcelona legend Johan Cruijff gave this weekend his opinion about the manager debate.

Cruijff made clear he did not veto or recommend former Chelsea manager José Mourinho (45), like has been rumoured in several media. He said no one has asked him, nor did he talk to anyone about the Portuguese, denying at the same time he's the technical advisor in the background: "If I talk to Joan Laporta two or three times a year about football, then that's would be a lot."

Because he didn't yet see Bordeaux playing, Cruijf said he couldn't pass a judgement on Laurent Blanc (42). The Dutchman did however have words of praise for Espanyol manager Ernesto Valverde (44), who was also linked with Barcelona earlier this season: "He's doing a great job. I like to watch his team and I'm happy managers like him or Rijkaard try to make people enjoy."

(Cruijff's opinion on Rijkaard and Van Basten: see
yesterday post)


Anonymous said...

Valverde doesn't have the personality (yet) to be our couch, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Ummm, I did meant coach.

Anonymous said...

Latest on Van Basten: his agent said he'll probably sign with Ajax this week.

So that would make one name less on that extensive list.

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