09/03/2021 at 10:29 PM CEST
Atlético de Madrid assured this Friday that Fernando Torres “will occupy the position of assistant coach“in youth A of the club and” the license “as such has been” processed following the administrative procedure established by the Royal Spanish Football Federation and complying with current regulations. “
“At no time has Fernando Torres’ license as head coach been requested or processed“, said the rojiblanca entity, in a statement on its official website, two days before the debut this season of youth A of the Honor Division.
“Given the information that appeared in some media in recent days about the incorporation of Fernando Torres to the coaching staff of one of the youth teams of our Academy, we want to clarify that Fernando will occupy the position of second coach (assistant coach, according to the nomenclature of the federative regulations) Youth A of our Academy “, explained the club.
“Torres’s license as an assistant coach has been processed following the administrative procedure established by the Royal Spanish Football Federation and complying with current regulations in accordance with the federative title currently held by the former player and legend of our club,” continued the Madrid entity.
And he warned: “At no time has Fernando Torres’ license as head coach been requested or processed. The administrative procedure for requesting a record as assistant coach was carried out last Wednesday, September 1, request that was sent to the Royal Football Federation of Madrid for subsequent processing to the Royal Spanish Football Federation “.
“Obviously, the Academy of our club knows the regulations in force and applies them to the 71 teams, 143 coaches -Both starters and assistants- and all the players who are part of the squads that compete in the training categories, “he said.
“Fernando Torres is currently in possession of the UEFA ‘A’ title, which enables him to have a federative license as an assistant coach, “confirmed the club.
“THERE IS NO RULE THAT PREVENTS A SECOND COACH FROM GIVING INSTRUCTIONS”
Atlético, “on the other hand”, stated that “there is no federal rule that prevents a second coach from giving instructions during a training session or a game or that disables him from attending the media“.” These tasks described above are freely distributed between the head coach and the assistant according to internal dynamics, personal profiles, etc., “the statement added.
“Club Atlético de Madrid has acted in good faith at all times. To this we must add that it is evident that an emblematic figure for our institution and for world football such as that of Fernando Torres is destined to have more prominence, regardless of the type of federative record that corresponds to him, as it is an intrinsic condition of his figure and of the leadership that he has always exercised since he began his career as a footballer, “he stressed.
“Likewise, it is the firm will of the club – considering the unique opportunity that Academy players have to have a reference like Fernando Torres within their coaching staff – that Fernando can express and transmit to the maximum all his knowledge and experience for the value that this has for the personal training and professional growth of the youngest, and do not see his possibilities limited by his condition as an assistant coach with respect to the owner, “he said.
“It is evident that the figure of Fernando Torres draws the interest of national and international media, of Atletico fans and football lovers. It is precisely this global impact that our legend projects that attracts those who seek prominence out of pure personal interest” , the club concluded.