La Liga Loca doesnÃ¢ÂÂt really get on with its neighbours. Or rather, its neighbours donÃ¢ÂÂt really get on with La Liga Loca.
And thatÃ¢ÂÂs fair enough considering the blogÃ¢ÂÂs slight sociopathic tendencies and unmistakable musk of mothballs. But the one happy-shopper who always responded to the blogÃ¢ÂÂs cheerful Ã¢ÂÂCooee!Ã¢ÂÂ of a Madrid morning with a cheery wave was Getafe boss Victor MuÃÂ±oz, who was resident in a hotel just around the corner from La Liga LocaÃ¢ÂÂs humble abode. Except the big-chinned chief of the Coliseum wonÃ¢ÂÂt be all with the Alan Partridge for much longer. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs because he has been sacked. And itÃ¢ÂÂs a good thing too, considering La Liga LocaÃ¢ÂÂs warm hand on MuÃÂ±ozÃ¢ÂÂ entrance had turned into daily shouts of abuse.
Munoz packs his bags
When not reassembling his trouser press or wondering whether to rent that Vin Diesel DVD, MuÃÂ±oz has spent the last 10 months or so ruining Getafe and turning them from UEFA Cup Goliaths into a relegation-fighting rabble. If fact, itÃ¢ÂÂs no surprise that Victor did not choose to live someone more permanent, considering itÃ¢ÂÂs the catastrophic coachÃ¢ÂÂs fourth firing in three years having previously been strapped to the ejector seats of Zaragoza, Panathinaikos and Recreativo. MuÃÂ±oz now has the dubious honour of being the first manager to be fired by Angel Torres since the clubÃ¢ÂÂs angelic ascent into the top flight in 2004 - the others, Quique SÃÂ¡nchez Flores, Bernd Schuster and Michael Laudrup all walked out on the club.
But they were all sacked from their next positions. Which serves them right, quite frankly.The former Barcelona player was booted out by the Getafe president after the clubÃ¢ÂÂs disastrous home defeat to Villarreal on Sunday afternoon. Ã¢ÂÂI had to make changes to save the team,Ã¢ÂÂ explained Torres. Ã¢ÂÂVictor had asked me to give him until the Mallorca game but I noticed that the dressing room was very despondent.Ã¢ÂÂAnd this is where La Liga Loca must agree with the Getafe big shot.
Torres has stood by MuÃÂ±oz throughout the campaign and in the face of poor results, fan protests and complaints from senior players who neither liked nor understood their managerÃ¢ÂÂs tactics. Ã¢ÂÂThe majority had a professional attitude,Ã¢ÂÂ noted MuÃÂ±oz on Monday, revealing that there had been some rumblings in his Coliseum camp. There are still five games to go and - to borrow a tired old clichÃÂ© - the clubÃ¢ÂÂs destiny is in its own hands.
A new manager has been appointed to lead Getafe to safety through until the end of the season, but this is where the side may be jumping out of the frying pan and into a volcano. When the name of the caretaker at the Coliseum was announced, a Spanish journalist acquaintance of La Liga Loca immediately started singing Ã¢ÂÂA Segunda!Ã¢ÂÂ ThatÃ¢ÂÂs because the new man at the helm is Michel. And Michel, for those who donÃ¢ÂÂt know, is rubbish.
Michel during his Madridista days
Michel is the former Real Madrid player who failed to take Rayo Vallecano up from the Segunda B division but became more well known for his natty pink sweaters that he used to sport on the touchline. Michel is the coach who then took over MadridÃ¢ÂÂs second team and promptly got them relegated, before eventually moving upstairs where he could cause less damage.
Soon after, he left that position and has been happily insulting his former club from a distance, ever since. Leading a team with the likes of GavilÃÂ¡n, Polanski, Uche, Soldado and Granero to relegation takes some skill. But the blog fears thatÃ¢ÂÂs exactly what MuÃÂ±oz - and Michel - are about to achieve.