Having been cruelly booted out of San MamÃÂ©s over the summer with his boss losing the presidential election, JoaquÃÂn CaparrÃÂ³s was perhaps on the look-out for a bit of adventure.
The former Athletic Bilbao boss certainly found that with Swiss side Neuchatel Xamax and their Ã¢ÂÂmaverickÃ¢ÂÂ Chechen owner Bulat Chagaev, having become the fourth manager to be fired from the club since the very potty president took over in May.
JokinÃ¢ÂÂs five match spell was ended on Friday, apparently for having dinner with his players. This heinous crime took place after Chagaev allegedly entered the dressing room with pistol-packing bodyguards to give the players a piece of his rather frightening mind after a 2-2 draw with Lausanne Sports.
Ã¢ÂÂOne day they are going to kill all of us. If you miss a pass or make a mistake you are afraid something will happen,Ã¢ÂÂ revealed a player who unsurprisingly wished to remain unnamed.
CaparrÃÂ³s was on his way to catch the Spanish national teamÃ¢ÂÂs fiery 3-2 win over Chile in St. Gallen before being told that his Neuchatel number was up.
Ã¢ÂÂWhat happened with CaparrÃÂ³s was easy to understand,Ã¢ÂÂ explained Chagaev to a pant-peeing AS journalist in an interview published in MondayÃ¢ÂÂs edition. Ã¢ÂÂWe lost the feeling, the perfume ran out.Ã¢ÂÂ
Chagaev also denied that his players received an extra terrifying incentive to play well during the next game, claiming that what happened in the dressing room did not involve guns, explaining that Ã¢ÂÂyou have to demand that they do their job well as they are professionals and I have great aspirations for Neuchatel Xamax."
Chagaev has not been slow in finding a successor for CaparrÃÂ³s, with VÃÂctor MuÃÂ±oz looking for a fresh Chechen experience having pulled out of a deal Russian outfit Terek Grozny to allow Ruud Gullit to take over the side.
He and his Spanish playing crew of VÃÂctor SÃÂ¡nchez, David Navarro and Javier Arizmendi will now be looking to make it through the next round of matches unscathed in a footballing and very physical sense.
The match that CaparrÃÂ³s missed out on, SpainÃ¢ÂÂs victory over Chile, broke the recent tradition of la SelecciÃÂ³n not really giving two hoots about friendlies, and also helped the ease the straining relations between the Barcelona and Real Madrid players in the squad. The warring factions united to go toe-to-toe with the Chile players in a brawl in the final seconds of the encounter.
Ã¢ÂÂWhen we are all here we are all teammates and we defend La SelecciÃÂ³nÃ¢ÂÂ declared Cesc Fabregas, who scored two goals in the Swiss affair to continue a rather excellent spell since leaving Arsenal for the Camp Nou.
Ã¢ÂÂWeÃ¢ÂÂre all fighting for the same cause and weÃ¢ÂÂre all team mates, thereÃ¢ÂÂs no doubt whatsoever about that,Ã¢ÂÂ explained the other goalscorer AndrÃÂ©s Iniesta - words that will no doubt mean that JosÃÂ© Mourinho will need to begin his mind-wiping, anti-BarÃÂ§a reprogramming process from scratch when his footballers return from TuesdayÃ¢ÂÂs game against Liechtenstein.
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