Vicente Moreno will be sacked this Friday as manager of Espanyol. The departure of the technician is the decision of the president and maximum shareholder of the Catalan enterprise, Chen Yansheng. As explained in the blue and white club, the option to do without Moreno until the end of the league has an economic explanation: due to a clause in the contract, Espanyol is cheaper to fire the coach before the end of the season. But also, according to the same sources, after a three-way conversation between Moreno, Chen Yansheng and CEO Mao Ye, it was decided that the best solution for both sides would be for the manager to leave Espanyol once the permanence was secured. Once the goal was reached, there was no need to expand its presence in Cornelius.
Chen Yansheng wants to restructure Espanyol. The Chinese businessman understands that the club needs to communicate with the fans. The blue-and-white company’s owner’s first decision was to fire CEO José María Duran in March. His place was taken by Mao Ye, his confidante since he landed in Barcelona in 2016. Mao and Chen had already planned that Vicente Moreno would not continue his career next season. They understood that his cycle was over and did not want to start looking for a replacement for him at the head of the first team.
Vicente Moreno signed with Espanyol in August 2020. His mission was clear: to bring the team back to the First Division. The formula between a promoter like Moreno (four as a manager and two as a player) added to the best squad in the category (72.5 million, the highest in Second A history) worked. Espanyol returned to the elite of Spanish football, finishing first with 82 points after 24 wins, eight losses and 10 draws. Moreno also achieved a consistency goal in his second season on the blue and white bench. Espanyol already have 40 points after 10 wins, 16 losses and 10 draws. However, this time he did not convince the fans, much less the board.
Espanyol, in any case, is not sure who will be the interim manager. Luis Blanco, subsidiary coach, is expelled. He has a leg injury and walks on crutches. Sporting director Francisco Rufete will also not replace Vicente Moreno, as happened in 2020 when he replaced Abelardo before Espanyol lost the category. Rufete will also not stay in the blue and white club. According to the Catalan agency, the departure of the former player was also agreed between Mao Ye and Chen Yansheng. The club will announce his farewell this Friday. The new Espanyol are gearing up for a 2022-23 season, far from the Champions League goals Chen Yansheng promised when he bought the club from Dani Sánchez Llibre in 2016.
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