Hugo Sanchez: The First 100 Days
In an interview posted on Spanish sports website, As.com, Hugo Sanchez, head coach of Union Deportiva Almeria was asked whether he prefered his first 100 days as a professional soccer player in Spain or his first 100 days as head coach of the Spanish team in La Liga. His response was being able to enjoy being head coach of a Spanish team and being able to return to Spain, the country where he lived a successful career while playing for Madrid teams: Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid.
It is not a secret, Hugo Sanchez has ambitions and goals to achieve. His most sought-after goal, although he will not verify this, is to one day manage the Spanish giants, Real Madrid, the team he played for during the 80's and early 90's. To coach Almeria is one step ahead of achieving his goal and he has stated that when he wants to achieve goals he is as hard-headed as they come and will stop at nothing to gain it all.
One of the reasons why Hugo Sanchez was signed by Andalusian club, Almeria, was to remain in the prestigious La Liga and not descend into the second division. Sanchez was signed during the winter transer window when Almeria directives had sacked the previous coach for the negative results of the team. Many fans and followers of the club were hesitant to accept the arrival of Hugo Sanchez, although he was a futbol icon who will always be remembered for having played at Real Madrid. After the first few matches, Sanchez proved to be the right person and had been slowly gaining the support and approval of the fans. The players also were affected by his arrival since it was Hugo who had boosted confidence into the team and the results became proof of the changes.
In the same interview on As.com, Hugo said he wishes to remain at Almeria and fulfill his contract and duties. He has also stated that, although he carries Real Madrid in his heart, he feels a part of Almeria and is becoming more and more attached to the Red and Whites, the colors of U.D. Almeria.
For those who know of Hugo Sanchez, and for those who support, follow, and wish him the best, only time can tell when we will see him on the bench at Santiago Bernabeu, home of Real Madrid. Hugo is hard-headed, but it is better to let him be and let him fulfill his responsibilities before one can criticize his performance. He may have slumped while coaching the Mexican National Futbol Team but he has had much success when coaching the team that he grew up hoping to play for before going pro, Pumas U.N.A.M, of the Mexican League.
Here's to Hugo's first 100 days! We, those who will support and cheer him on, will be with you for the next 100 days and hopefully for many, many more. Congratulations Hugo Sanchez!
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