Real Zaragoza: Pep Boada takes advantage

Real Zaragoza: Pep Boada takes advantage

As the days have passed, the circle around Real Zaragoza’s new sporting director has narrowed At the moment it is Pep Boada, the candidate unveiled by this newspaper, who has the advantage. Former sporting director of Granada, whom Raúl Sanllehí knows very well after 17 years at FC Barcelona, ​​​​​​where the two mostly coincided, He has already spoken to the general manager of Real Zaragoza and he fits the profile we are looking for. both because of his CV and because he is an economically accessible option and which also takes advantage of the very direct knowledge that Sanllehí has ​​of him, for a sports structure in which the word of the Director General will continue to prevail in decisions, as it already does happened to Torrecilla.

Boada already knows about Zaragoza’s offer and that Sanllehí has ​​placed him very well in his preferences. As with many others, the CEO has spoken to him in an open casting over the past few weeks with many names Juanan Pérez continues to occupy a very prominent place, However, the former assistant to Martín González at Getafe and Osasuna and former scout chief at Atlético does not have a common past with the current general manager like Boada does.

Gabi Fernández likes her because of her Zaragoza past and has Quilón’s support, but her closeness to Atlético works against her as she doesn’t want to reinforce the already widespread sense of closeness between the two clubs


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Before Torrecilla’s sacking, Sanllehí was already testing the names of Juan Carlos Cordero (Tenerife) and Rubén Reyes (Getafe), who will not leave their clubs, and alongside Juanan he had others on the table such as: Fernando Soriano, Loren Juarros or even Gabi Fernández. The latter is a candidacy that has received important endorsements given his past in Zaragoza and in the character of Manolo García Quilón, agent of Fran Escribá, and at Atlético, although his excessive association with the rojiblanco club speaks against him because no The Wanda Metropolitano is committed to amplifying the widespread sensation that the two clubs are more than closely linked, and behind it all are Miguel Ángel Gil Marín and the Ares Magamenet Fund.

The virtues of Boada

Sanllehí has ​​conducted a number of interviews over the past few weeks, asked many of the candidates to outline their sports project and wants to make a decision before the end of this month, this week or early next. And now Boada has the advantage, because the disposition of the Girona (Amer, February 12, 1962) is absolute. Boada is a specialist in recruitment and academy football, an aspect that also strengthens his candidacy in Sanllehí’s eyes. He trained as a player at La Masia, early in Barca’s residency, and returned to the club as a coach, managing the now-defunct Barcelona C, where Messi made his debut in 2003.

He was the coordinator of scouts at Can Barça during the period when Sanllehí was initially responsible for marketing and then as head of football from 2008 to 2017. Boada, responsible for the recruitment of Ansu Fati or Busquets among others and a good connoisseur of the international market, left Barcelona in 2020 and became sporting director of Granada in June 2021, an experience that ended with the relegation of the Nasrid club after a very difficult one year and where his previous zero background didn’t play out in his favor at that position. Boada arrived to replace Fran Sánchez and with Robert Moreno already tied as coach and after the traumatic departure of Diego Martínez at Granada even stepping onto Europa.

Tough stage in Granada

He assisted Robert Moreno for 27 games and approached Rubén Torrecilla as daughter’s caretaker manager and Aitor Karanka to attempt a save that didn’t materialize. After a summer with few successes, except for goalkeeper Maximiano and a difficult life with Moreno, in January he decided to strengthen the team with young players (Petrovic, Arezo, Collado, Uzuni) who did not get the desired result and Granada introduced the release of the clause in the event of relegation. His deputy there, David Comemala, is now in the sports department of Nástic, so he would not accompany him to Zaragoza.

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