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Q&A WITH LENDOIRO

07 Dec 2011
Journalist Juan Luis Cudeiro from prestigious newspaper El PaŪs talked with Augusto Cťsar Lendoiro; Deporís president gave his view on the crisis at football and how it strikes his club.

Q: Did you live the relegation as a personal failure?
A: I lived naturally. I was never triumphalist during our best moments and neither pessimistic in the hardest. I have seen and been through everything.

Q: Is it imperative to achieve the promotion in order to secure the survival of the club?
A: Itís the only objective.

Q: And the economic situation?
A: Complicated, but like the rest of Spanish football. If there isnít a meeting in which everybody can sit and study the real problem, then it will be difficult to find solutions without patching. And I mean the Government, the AFE [Spanish Players Association], la liga, the clubs... The economic problems are fixed only through consensus decisions.

Q: Do you think this is the right moment to ask the Government to enter into this consensus?
A: Yes. It was already a mistake, I donít know if it was a sporting issue or politics, but we never did it before. The crisis is general and football canít be less in the search for solutions. And Iīm not only speaking of the debt with the Treasury and the Social Security, but also of the relation of the state with football for the subjects of the betting systems, the quiniela or the issue of the open games on TV, and these issues arenít brining money and it limits us.

Q: Politicians donít want to throw money with the clubs.
A: Certainly it isnít a problem of wasting, but of been located, in an economic sense, at the 17th or 21st position at the standings and generate the same income, while the sporting subject is different. If you go down, you are condemned to an economic situation without a solution; and you need to think of a system more like the English league, place where the clubs that were relegated have financial support during three or four years, if not a relegation can determine the sinking of a club. Players donít stop cashing salaries of Primera and the television rights pass from 100% to 10%.

Q: This year, for the first time, there is a compensation for the relegated clubs. Is Depor cashing this?
A: We're starting to do it. Itís a first step in that direction, but there are clubs that have contributed to the fund and others donít.

Q: Why la liga isnít harmonizing the interests if there are so many complaints, if you name the president of the organization and make the roadmap?
A: There is a problem and many believe it isnít affecting them.

Q: How far the clubs are going to accept the perversion that involves the dictatorship of the TV? Fans are not happy, the stadiums are empty... Is it worth it?
A: Itís evident that for many itís the only significant revenue. The consequence is that the situation of the socio and the fan needs to be reset. Their contribution is passing from been an income to be an extra thing, and then we need to encompass the prices to the present time. It calls my attention that there are clubs that believe their future is in the fact of collecting 200 Euros when they host [Real] Madrid or Barcelona.

Q: Have you reduced the salaries due to the relegation?
A: Very little. That's why we have the compensation fund. No player has lowered their wages and neither had we asked, because they are in their right to do so. I do it as within the last seven years we are lowering the budget [Lendoiroís salary is 1% if the budget].

Q: What will happen at Depor after Lendoiro?
 R. The vital thing is that every year a player can be promoted, on average, one player per season from the youth teams.

Q: But is it an obligation or devotion? When you wanted results, you went out for Mauro Silva and Bebeto.
A: We must be realistic. Now they reproach you the debt, but there have been years of greatness. Then, we went from the level of the Champions League and now from Primera to Segunda. The relegation leaves you at grave risk, especially in a small town.

Q: Now, you wouldnít be able to keep Fran as you did in the past
A: Fran, at the age of 18, signed, after a bad advice, a contract with [Real] Madrid from which he had no copy. We had to rebuy him and almost covered that cost with a friendly match. But Fran never had offers to leave Depor. The only one that had offers was Manuel Pablo. One from Madrid. First, by him alone, then including Molina.

Q: Is it possible to repeat a Superdepor in A CoruŮa or in any small Spanish city?
A: Very complicated if there isnít an exceptional financial contribution beyond the resources of the city.

Q: There was any bit of luck on that miracle?
A: Little. I hoped to win the league. At that time yet, with imagination or luck, you could think of miracles. And it occurred. We knew well the Spanish football and put together a dream team, not of bargains. Bebeto and Mauro were international Brazilian players that cost, both together, three million Euros. This on these days is impossible.

Q: Whatís your best memory?
A: The first promotion to Primera in 1991. It was the dream of 20 years, the dream of people at their 30 who hadnít seen Deportivo playing at Primera. Then I was caught by a photographer standing on the table dancing in a bar. This season I hope to celebrate another promotion as I have never celebrated other titles.

Q: Do you remember more the Centenariazo, the triumph over Real Madrid, which celebrated its 100 years of history, and the final of the Copa at the Bernabťu in 2002, rather than la liga of 2000?
A: Possibly because it will remain in the history of Deportivo, but also for Madrid and Spanish football. My good friend Florentino [Perez] forgot to congratulate me for a while. Those are the days that should go on forever... Florentino was annoyed, yes, but the team went out to warm out and met 25,000 fans at the stands and the rest of the stadium was empty. For Madrid it was one more game. For us, unique.

Q: You regret the lack of support. Is it a matter of a bad relation with the people in charge?
A:  Many times there was no feeling, but always, and increasingly, we have the support of the citizenry. Not from the major groups who may not realize of Deporís importance. A study by the University of Vigo, and it isnít doubtful for this, ensures that 78% of the Galicians say that we are the team that best represents them.

Q: Your club has a minimum structure. Itís surprising to meet it by the inside.
A: The goal is that the players and coaches are very well attended. I donít understand why a club, except the very large ones, should have as much paraphernalia. Where is the revenue? From the socios, the tickets sell and, above all, television. For advertising activity you can have a small group to attract resources. Do we need much more personal than the cleaning and gardening? Where does the money go? In those who compete.

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