Scottish businessman takes unpaid job as
coach of Spanish soccer club
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[January 23, 2017]
By Richard Martin
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish third-tier
team CD Tudelano have taken the unusual step of appointing Scottish
businessman John Clarkson as coach on an 18-month contract without a
salary, the club said on Thursday.
Clarkson, who owns a care home business in East Anglia, takes over a
side who are ninth in Group 1 of the regionalized Second Division B. The
60-year-old has previous experience as coach of a number of non-league
clubs in England and Spain.
His aim is to turn Tudelano, who are based in the Navarre region of
northern Spain, into professional club by winning promotion to the
Second Division A, which would require them to finish in the top four
and go up via the playoffs.
Local media have reported that Clarkson will invest 50,000 euros
($53,290.00) in the financially-troubled club during his first season
and 150,000 in the next one but the Scot has denied that he would be
paying to coach the team.
"That's a false story. We have got people behind us, people in India and
someone in London who is sponsoring us, or basically sponsoring me, to
coach the club," he said in an interview with Sky Sports on Thursday.
Club president Jesus Miranda also rejected reports that Clarkson was
paying to manage the side.
"He is not paying to coach, he's looking to help the club become
economically viable and (we) can recover everything if the team gets
promoted to the Second Division A," he told a news conference on
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"It's an investment and if it goes well he well get it back and
become a professional coach and earn a salary in the Second
Division," added Miranda.
The club's current coach Inigo Valencia will return to his role as
assistant coach three weeks after being promoted but will take
charge of the team against Coruxo on Sunday.
"He (Clarkson) could have taken charge of the game on Sunday and he
will be watching but he has asked that Inigo directs the team. This
year is going to be a little bit of a transition for next season,"
"I'm happy with the agreement and the board of the directors are
only looking out for the club's best interests. Tudelano is a
serious team which pays its dues and believes in its academy and
wants to achieve great things."
(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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