A man, a myth, a mystery to many but Pablo Machín has proved to be one of La Liga’s brightest managerial talents this season after transforming a newly promoted Girona side into one of the most exciting teams to watch in the Spanish top flight.
In many ways, a reflection of his Girona side, not only is Machín both modest and truly appreciative of every success achieved no matter how big or small, but with a genuine enthusiasm to defy expectation the sky is the limit for one of the most up and coming managers in the modern game.
Unlike many managers that may have faulted and succumbed to the inevitable pressure to field several youngsters or plays that join a club following a partnership with a feeder club, i.e. Manchester City, Machín’s reluctance to do so is a true testament to his personal determination and self-belief in the very ideals which have propelled Girona to the promised land.
Clearly Machín is a manager that knows what he wants and knows what he expects of his Girona players and it’s very rare that the Girona players disappoint. Against Las Palmas earlier this season, Machín spoke before the game of wanting to make a statement – his team won 6-0. Against Real Madrid earlier this season, Machín spoke of his side’s fearlessness against anybody, Real included – Girona 2-1.
I could quite easily go on with even more examples highlighting Machín’s unavoidable impact at Girona but his success, past and present, is clear for everybody to see. A part of the fabric at Girona, with rumours growing by the minute suggesting an exit could well be on the cards, Girona’s potential loss would be another side’s enormous gain – the true mark of a manager who in such a short space of time, means so much to so many.