Villarreal boss Javi Calleja has said he is not afraid of losing his job, but following a dreadful start to the season, we ask whether or not he should be?
A battling 2-2 draw against Rayo Vallecano at the weekend saw Villarreal earn only their 11th point of the season, keeping them near the relegation places.
The Yellow Submarine have struggled to find any sort of consistency this term, winning just two games – and question marks have now began to mount on whether or not Calleja is the right man in charge.
A lack of goals combined with a lack of team cohesion, arguably hurt by the sale of Rodrigo, who sat in defensive midfield last term – has seen them struggle and lose their ‘awkward opposition’ tag.
Now, they seem predictable and sometimes that can be hard to turn around. Calleja has been at the helm now since September when he was promoted from the B team.
A win percentage of just 30.88% is low however, given Villarreal’s squad and their experience in La Liga.
Speaking to reporters after the 2-2 draw at the weekend, Calleja said: “If they have to sack me, they will sack me.”
Confusing comments, and ones that could be taken either way. He could either be fully focused on turning things around or simply – giving up.
Following the international break, Villarreal face off against a Real Betis side who played well and quite refreshingly beat league leaders Barcelona on Sunday afternoon – making Calleja’s next game, perhaps – the decider in his role at the club.