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Jorge Vilda sacked as Spain coach amid continuing fallout over Rubiales kiss

  • 42-year-old had been in charge of team for eight years
  • Former assistant Montse Tome appointed as successor

Jorge Vilda has been sacked as Spain coach and sporting director less than a month after winning the World Cup, as the country’s football federation seeks to limit the damage caused by the crisis that broke out following the final in Sydney. The decision was announced as the first of a series of measures to “renew” women’s football put in place by interim president Pedro Rocha, although no specific reason was given for the dismissal.

Vilda had come under pressure after applauding the president of the federation, Luis Rubiales, during a speech in which he refused to resign, despite kissing Jenni Hermoso on the lips during the medal ceremony at the end of the final. He had survived a mutiny when 15 players pulled out of the Spain set up last year but his position had become untenable when 81 players, including all 23 members of the World Cup winning squad, announced that they would not play for the national team while the “current administrators” are in place. Eleven members of the coaching staff also resigned.

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