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Sandoval on collision course with Rayo


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By David Redshaw

Monday 09 April 2012


Rayo Vallecano boss José Ramón Sandoval is on collision course with the club’s administrators after being asked to return a payment of €188,200, reports El Mundo Deportivo.


The sum was claimed by Sandoval just 12 days before Rayo went into administration in June, 2011 and now the people controlling the purse strings at the club want that money back.


“This is a powder-keg situation, a circus” declared Sandoval, who admitted that President Raúl Martin Presa had told him he would have to return the money. “Every day something happens. Imagine it: the club demands money off me then the President admits it.


“It is not easy to prepare for games like this. When we played Real Sociedad last week the team left San Sebastián at 1.20am and arrived back at 7am with just a pizza and a sandwich to eat: that is how we have to work in La Primera. It is impossible to work any better than we are doing. We are competing against teams with bigger budgets and the only thing we have on our side is the fans.


“Last year people went without pay at times yet we still achieved promotion,” he continued, “but now that we want to collect part of what we are owed they say we are acting in bad faith. They are the ones who are acting in bad faith, the ones who do not pay, although this is a war I don’t want to get into as it is in the hands of my lawyer.”


Sandoval said he received the demand last Thursday, yet at the weekend he led his side to a stunning 6-0 home win over European hopefuls Osasuna to leave Los Franjirrojos on 40 points after three successive defeats.


The Madrid club was most people’s favourites to make a swift return to La Segunda this season but Sandoval has worked miracles with a bunch of players cobbled together through loan deals and free transfers, often playing some of the most attractive football in the division.


“With three or five more points we are going to leave these gentlemen with a club in La Primera for them to administer,” concluded Sandoval.


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