Deportivo keeper calls for unity after club row

April 1, 2006

LA CORUNA, April 1 (Primera Liga) - Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Jose Molina has attempted to calm in-fighting which has broken out within the club between the coach and president by assuring that Joaquin Caparros is fully committed to the team as they prepare to face Racing Santander.

President Augusto Lendoiro feels let down by Caparros who feels that the team has stopped making progress and, with the possibility that the club will sell players in the summer, also is considering his future.

Tempers flared after the humbling 4-0 defeat by Real Madrid last week and the news that Aldo Duscher, still linked with a move to Manchester United, and Jorge Andrade may leave led Caparros to admit that he is ready to walk away if he is not given money to buy.

Lendoiro has responded by offering the door to Caparros and in a club magazine placed a list of five hypothetical replacements - Ernesto Valverde, Victor Munoz, Bernd Schuster, Javier Aguirre and former coach Javier Irureta.

Molina, though, has moved to try and create a more united image.

'I believe that the coach is always interested in the best for Deportivo, there is no doubt about that,' said the Spain international.

'We all have to be together in order to fight to the end,' he said, with the team still very much in the fight for a European place.

'It is important that everyone who plays goes out in order to work hard and play entertaining football.

'We are still Deportivo no matter what are the problems. We need a win against Racing and we have to give everything in these next eight games in order to achieve our objectives and then later we will see what happens.'

With his contract coming to an end in the summer, Molina is still in limbo as to his future.

'I don't know at the moment but at the end of the season is the time to sort that out. If something is offered then I would be happy to stay here but if not then I will leave,' he said.

Apart from a victory over Valencia, Racing have been in poor form recently and still need points in order to ensure their safety.

However, coach Manolo Preciado is confident that they will hold their own against Deportivo.

'Perhaps we have not been playing football overly attractive and free-flowing but we are not too far away from that.

'We are neither superior nor inferior to Deportivo, in fact there are a lot of similarities between the sides this season as we have both been able to pick up points away from home but in our own stadiums we have struggled,' he said.

Preciado will be without Cristian Portilla for the rest of the season with a leg fracture.