Newly appointed Espanyol coach Rubi has given an interview to Mundo Deportivo to discuss his new role at the RCDE Stadium and his plans for the months ahead.
A busy summer is expected, with top scorer and almost ever present striker Gerard Moreno looking likely to leave, though Rubi is reluctant to see others join him in departing.
“My priority is to keep the core of the squad, if someone goes then we will try to bring an even better player in,” he said.
“If he goes, the club have told e that they’re calm about the economic factor. From there, it will be a question of finding a point where we are all happy. We’re happy because all the players have contracts.
“There’s nothing [else] planned, but we’ll think about any cases where a player wants to go and it would help us cut the wage bill.
“I won’t get tired of saying that we have a good squad and a good team, but it’s different that one year they perform at one level and the next year at another. I’m a fan of few changes.”
Last season was a disappointing one for Los Pericos as Quique Sanchez Flores’ team flirted with the bottom four towards the end of the campaign until the ex-Watford and Atletico Madrid coach was dismissed.
An end of season upturn in form followed, with Oscar Perarnau acting quickly to make Rubi an offer to return to the club having previously been involved in the youth team set-up.
“I saw him convinced that we were the ideal people and it was our time to return, I didn’t have to think about it much to accept. It’s true that we had other offers but there wasn’t much chance of us accepting.”
Reflecting on his sacking from the B team in 2008 after three years in charge, having previously played for the club’s B team before retiring, Rubi admitted that it was a difficult time in his career.
“It was a hard moment, honestly, we were quite happy with our work… It’s true that it was hard for us to climb the table but we were convinced that we would do it. When the sacking came it hurt a lot but with time you realise that they are sporting decisions are clubs have to make changes to change the situation,” he explained.
But he held no grudge and has since returned and has immediately noticed the changes at the club since his departure ten years ago.
“It’s surprised me that the club has gown so much in all departments,” he confessed as he reflected on the changes, though he will be hoping that he can turn that into success on the field.