After Al-Nasr’s goalless draws against Al-Fayha and Al-Ittihad Jeddah deepened the gap to three points from Ronaldo’s compatriots before the end of the season, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to be behind the decision of the Frenchman’s fate. Coach Rudi Garcia, who was sacked by the team’s management two days ago, has since been appointed technical director for the Sunny teams. Croatia’s Dingo Ilicic will temporarily supervise the first team until the end of the season, in which the results and consequences are difficult to predict before the end of the season. Is it on time, and what could it result in on the technical side before the “El Clásico” match? Against Al-Hilal, the following Tuesday, some felt the decision was not rushed, while others considered it too late and should have happened before Ronaldo arrived.
Saudi Arabian newspaper, Al-Riyadiya, stated that Al-Nasser’s fumbling in front of Al-Fayha was not the main and direct reason for Garcia’s ejection, but rather that he met the players the day after the match and insulted some of them offensively. The words precipitated his departure as he held them responsible for falling into the tie trap and vowed to change his policy with them, as they disobeyed his instructions. Necessity ended with the blessing of Ronaldo, who stood by his colleagues with full weight. He even went so far as to threaten to quit if he didn’t. Rudy Garcia was fired because it was preventing him from winning the title as he claimed.
Although he lost just two of 23 matches and drew five, still challenging for the league title and reaching the semi-finals of the Guardian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup, the French coach’s dismissal was not unanimous. Nasravi’s administration is among those advocating his immediate removal, or his continuation until the end of the tournament. Al-Hilal next, or until the end of the season, but Ronaldo’s position seems decisive, as it has been many times in his football. In 2016, he was instrumental in sacking Rafael Benitez from Real Madrid and replacing him with Zidane. He scored 11 goals in 11 matches in all competitions before Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Sarri dominated the Al-Nasr club.
Some believe the sacking was inevitable due to the coach’s behaviour, which affected the morale of the players, and was delayed and should have happened since the team lost its leadership three weeks ago, while others believe it was premature and should have been. Having waited until the end of the season, or at least waited, knowing the fate of the important classic clash against Al-Hilal, and next Tuesday, a group under huge media and public pressure to make an appropriate decision at the level while waiting to return to the regional competitions through the gateway to the AFC Champions League, Ronaldo The Saudi joined the league as it was the demand of his fans to win all his matches and all possible domestic titles. year.
Ronaldo wrote a “story” to his former coach on his official page on “Instagram”: “I’m happy to work with you and I wish you all success in the future,” he said, as if he did not care about the decision to be fired. , and he had no part, knowing that the decision would not have been taken had he not personally agreed. As for coach Rudy Garcia, he has not yet commented on his dismissal decision, especially since he caused the team management a financial loss of about 15 million riyals, representing the total salary of the coach and his assistants until the end of the contract of the technical staff. Next June, media reports are talking about the Saudi club’s efforts to make a deal. 100 million euros with Portuguese Jose Mourinho, from the beginning of next season, especially rivals Al Hilal, who still dreams of recruiting stars. The likes of Modric, Benzema, Ramos, Toni Kroos and N’Golo Conte are out of date for the club.
It is certain that the appointment of the next coach for Al-Nasr Club will be with Ronaldo’s blessing and that even the “Mercato” assignments next summer will have his say in it.
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