Not many people get the opportunity to say they manage a football club, especially in Gibralatar. As always we like to cover different aspects of the game from players to coaches and managers, so having this interview with Europa FC Manager, Juan Jose Gallardo is something we take great pride in.
Something extremely interesting about the league is there is only one stadium, that might be due to the fact there isn’t enough room to have anymore on the country which has a population of around 30,000.
Please note that English isn’t Juan’s first language, so if you don’t understand some of the responses we have tried to make it as readable as possible.
What is it like managing a team where the budget is more limited in the league compared to other leagues and clubs in Europe?
The League premier in Gibraltar is acquiring a level more than acceptable since makes 4 years this Federation entered in UEFA, and makes little in FIFA. Levels rise to very large steps, and reinforcing the teams more every year. When you go to compete in competitions of champions Europe or Europe league everything is different, and possibly you can appreciate the reality of soccer, competing with teams that multiply our budget by 50. But definitely, with great enthusiasm, work and using our weapons, the Gibraltarian football is doing a gap in elite soccer.
In your opinion, what is the hardest task about managing a club?
Both coach and sports director of a club is not more than a manager of human resources. for this reason, the task more complicated is looking for a group of people who share your ideas, then take them out is much more simple.
I’m young, I played in Segunda División B of Spanish football, but I had to leave early due to injury. Then I prepare, study for 3 years, to remove the title national coach UEFA PRO, and several courses and master. Work for several clubs in second and second B Spanish as scouting, and sporty handling of several major clubs from quarry. Currently, as general manager, sporting director and coach premiere of Europe FC, the first year, fell in Europe with a historically as SLOVAN BRATISLAVA, where last year went sub Champions League and Cup, and where participated in Europa League, passing the first round against the PYUNICK of Armenian and falling in the second round against the Swedish AIK SOLNA , by the minimum difference. This year, won the Supercopa of Gibraltar, and are leaders in solitary with 15 points over 15 in the League.
What sort of things do you do on a day to day basis as a football manager?
Sharing the tasks of sports director at a club with 15 teams, and the premier team coach I have little free time. I like to visit training and some equipment of quarry parties when I have time. And as coach, prepare them training together with prepare physical and second coach, and coordinate them equipment medical, recovery of injured, as well as a try to direct with the team of scouting.