Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Mijatovic : Unanimous Decision For Sacking Schuster

Predrag Mijatovic has revealed that the decision to sack Bernd Schuster had nothing to do with the coach's statement that Real Madrid could not beat Barcelona next weekend.

Mijatovic: Schuster Accepted the Decision For Him To Go
Los Merengues' sporting director was speaking at a press conference that was hastily arranged after the club chose to rescind the German's contract on Tuesday morning and replace him with Juande Ramos.

Reports in the Spanish press had stated that Schuster's attempt at mind games about the Barça game had backfired and pushed Mijatovic to take the decision, but he denied that.

"After several meetings this week I, as sporting director, took the decision and was backed by the board to remove Bernd Schuster," he told reporters.

"We then spoke to Bernd Schuster this morning about all the problems over the past few months and about all the problems that the team has had over the past few weekss.

"We reached a unanimous decision to take this decision and he accepted it even though he was sad.

"His declarations the other day had no bearing on the decision. Two weeks ago I said that we do not make difficult decisions like this easily.

"Making choices like is not easy and we had to make a deep analysis of the squad and the situation before taking it."

When asked whether he felt the board were to blame for the problems more so than the coach, Mijatovic defended himself and president Ramón Calderón.

"It is not the president's fault and it is not easy to make the right decisions all the time," he added. "We are all professionals and I do not think that the board are to blame."

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