New Spain Manager Montse Tome cut a confident figure when she announced her first squad in charge of La Roja, but it has not taken long for the ‘new era’ to become mired in similar drama to that which engulfed her predecessor Jorge Vilda.
Tome tried to distance herself from Vilda, but 20 of her 23-woman squad for their Nations League ties against Sweden and Switzerland had publicly stated that they did not want to play for Spain until there were profound changes in women’s football and the RFEF.
The presumption was that Tome had spoken with the players, and had their consent to call them up, but a statement emitted by those 20 players made it clear that this wasn’t the case, and that they were standing strong in their desire to strike for better conditions.
Tome had said during her press conference that leaving Jenni Hermoso out of the team was the best way to ‘protect’ her following the Luis Rubiales kiss scandal, but Hermoso responded with a statement of her own. She categorised the call-up as another attempt to manipulate and divide the players, and asked what it was that Tome was protecting her from.
Relevo say that some of Tome’s statements during her press conference were in fact lies. Tome claimed that she had ‘spoken with all of the players’, and that ‘none of them had told her they did not want to be called up’. This, they report, is false. Many of the players were taken by surprise when they were called up, and hadn’t spoken to Tome whatsoever since declaring they would not be returning until those changes took place.
Tome did speak to Hermoso before the call-up, but not about the upcoming squad, nor whether she felt in a position to return to Spain duty.
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