Toril leaves Real Madrid Castilla
Real Madrid Castilla coach Alberto Toril has been relieved of his duties, with the team bottom of Spain’s Segunda Division.
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Toril, 40, came to widespread prominence last season, when then Madrid boss Jose Mourinho publicly accused him of being more worried about getting results than developing players and reportedly barred him from attending first-team training sessions.
The former Madrid, Espanyol and Albacete midfielder, 40, had a highly successful first three years back at the Bernabeu as a coach, taking the previously struggling Castilla side up to Spain’s second tier and brushing off Mourinho’s criticism to achieve a record high finish in that division last season.
However, that team was split up in the summer, with Alvaro Morata, Nacho Fernandez, Jese Rodriguez and Casemiro being promoted to the first team, while previous mainstays Alex Fernandez, Juanfran and Denis Cheryshev were allowed to leave for Espanyol, Real Betis and Sevilla respectively.
Only three of the 15 replacements brought in have taken regular starting roles and an inexperienced team has struggled all season.
A 6-0 defeat at Eibar last weekend left Castilla rock bottom of La Segunda, and club president Florentino Perez reportedly approved the decision to dismiss Toril from central Asia, where he was on business, but the coach has been offered an alternate role at the club.
A Madrid club statement released on Tuesday evening read: “Real Madrid Football Club wish to inform that Alberto Toril is no longer the coach of Real Madrid Castilla.
“The club has offered Alberto Toril the option of continuing to work for the club in his role as director of training at the Real Madrid academy. Jose Manuel Diaz, who until now has coached Real Madrid C, will take over as coach of Real Madrid Castilla.”
The move betrays continuing turmoil in the club’s coaching and technical departments, which saw heavy changes during Mourinho’s time in charge, with sporting director Jorge Valdano leaving in the summer of 2011 and Alberto Giraldez then sacked as academy director the following year as the Portuguese coach consolidated his control of all areas.
Giraldez was not replaced, with Toril taking on his duties, so the club may now have a number of roles to fill. Former Madrid striker and current Juvenil B team coach Fernando Morientes could be promoted in a reshuffle.
Meanwhile, former Madrid reserve goalkeeper Antonio Adan has signed for Serie A side Cagliari on a free transfer.
Adan, 26, was famously promoted ahead of club captain Iker Casillas last term, with Mourinho publicly claiming he had great faith in the long-time backup.
However, after Casillas picked up an injury, the club signed Diego Lopez as a replacement, leaving Adan feeling he had been betrayed, and the Madrid native left the Bernabeu in the summer when his contract ended.
He then reportedly turned down a contract with Levante, and spent the first four months of the season training alone in Marbella before now committing to a move to Italy.
He told Cagliari’s official website: “When I was released by Real, I received a number of offers, but Cagliari’s was the most convincing. I said yes immediately because I think it’s the ideal place to continue my career. I want to grow along with the club.”
Adan also praised Mourinho, describing him as a “master”, and said he had great admiration for Casillas.
“I had the honour of sharing a dressing room with Iker and of being his friend,” he said. “I think he is the best goalkeeper of the last five years.”