Just 16 days after winning the women’s World Cup with La Roja, Spain sacked Manager Jorge Vilda and appointed his former Assistant Manager Montse Tome in his place.
However, this move has not resolved doubts in the players’ minds about the management of the international side.
Following the suspension of RFEF President Luis Rubiales for kissing forward Jenni Hermoso without her consent, she released a statement, declaring herself a victim of sexual assault. She will pursue legal action against Rubiales, while 79 other players joined her statement, explaining that they will not represent Spain again until the necessary changes take place.
On Tuesday, Vilda relinquished his duties, and Tome assumed the role. She has been with Vilda for the past five years and was appointed by Interim President Pedro Rocha. According to multiple sources, including Marca, the players still harbor doubts about Tome’s appointment.
Furthermore, the length of Tome’s contract remains unclear, and no changes have been made above her, with Ana Alvarez and Rafael del Amo still occupying top positions in women’s soccer in Spain. Meanwhile, Vilda served as both manager and sporting director, necessitating the search for a replacement in that role as well.
Vero Boquete questions Montse Tome appointment
“Jorge’s dismissal is correct, because the unsustainable situation that was being experienced led to it,” former Spain international, Fiorentina forward and pundit Vero Boquete declared to Cadena Cope.
“But the appointment of Montse as coach… I have my doubts. An opportunity has been missed to make a much deeper change. When it comes to professionalising things, it’s about changing that system of cronyism and handpicking for meritocracy. There isn’t too much credit here.”
“If we think of coaches and coaches fit to take on a world champion, I think that Montse would not be on that list. An opportunity for change and to do things well has been missed.”
Boquete later commented that Tome being a woman was advantageous in terms of optics, even though her track record did not suggest she should assume the job, although she acknowledged Tome’s significant role in bringing the World Cup to Spain.
Naturally, Tome differs from Vilda, but given their long working history, it remains uncertain whether the players trust her to enhance the situation. Similarly, the same uncertainty extends to Interim President Pedro Rocha, who served as a vice-president under Rubiales for some time. The next Spain squad is set to be announced next week, which will provide more insight into public sentiment.