Clemente silent before Bernabeu test

Sporting Gijon boss Javier Clemente will remain silent before his team’s visit to take on Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

A statement on Sporting’s official website said Clemente will not be giving his usual Press conference on Friday but gave no reason for the decision, although the former Spain boss was criticised by supporters during Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over Levante, with a section of them chanting ‘Clemente go now’ when David Barral and Adrian Colunga were substituted.

Since replacing Manuel Preciado at El Molinon in mid-February, Clemente has been involved in several altercations with the Press, something not uncommon in the veteran Coach’s career. The 62-year-old clashed with a local journalist two weeks ago, calling him ‘shameless’ and suggesting that ‘when your son grows up you will have to explain to him that his father was a rogue’: he was also critical of his players following a 2-0 loss to Getafe last week.

Sources at the relegation-threatened club believe President Manuel Vega-Arango’s decision to replace Preciado has backfired dramatically, with Sporting looking increasingly likely to be playing their football in La Segunda next season, and if the inevitable does happen it is hard to see how Clemente will continue with the Asturians beyond June 30, when his contract expires.

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