Spain Coach Decision 'Within Two Weeks'

20 November 2012

Spain Head Coach Sergio Scariolo
Sergio Scariolo led Spain to two consecutive EuroBasket titles in 2009 and 2011

A decision on whether Sergio Scariolo will continue at the helm of the Spanish national team will be reached within the next two weeks, Spanish Federation president José Luis Sáez has revealed.

"I met Sergio (Scariolo) last week," Sáez said on Cadena Ser radio.

"We've been working on various hypothesises.

"We're looking at the project (of the senior national team) as a whole and in one or two weeks we'll re-evaluate the project and determine if Sergio continues to be a part of it.

"Exactly," the FEB President replied when asked whether this will be known within the next two weeks.

Sáez has never hidden his satisfaction with Scariolo's work.

The Italian tactician was handed the reins of the senior team from Aito Garcia Reneses after the 2008 Olympic Games, where Spain took silver.

Under Scariolo, Spain conquered their first ever EuroBasket title, in 2009.

"I would like to thank the FEB (Spanish Federation) for letting me drive this Ferrari," the coach had said after the final in Poland.

The only glitch during his four-year tenure came at the 2010 World Championship in Turkey, where Spain fell well short of defending their title.

But 'la Roja' bounced back with a second consecutive EuroBasket gold in 2011 in Lithuania and came very close to upsetting the USA in a memorable Olympic tournament final in London last summer.

"During the four years of his contract, Sergio has achieved all the objectives that were set and I think as a person as well he's fitted in very well," Sáez stated.

Even before the start of the London Games, media reports in Spain were predicting a divorce between the FEB and Scariolo after the event.

Not necessarily because the two parties are not happy with each other, but because there are issues beyond their control, such as the strain that working 12 months a year has put on the Italian coach.

"(Scariolo) has his enthusiasm and hopes intact but it's not only the sporting side (we take into account)," Sáez stated.

"There are other aspects that need to be considered after so much time, like one's family, working for a club that plays a full season in the Euroleague and a domestic league, etc."

The name of the coach that will lead Spain at EuroBasket 2013 is not the only uncertainty surrounding the reigning champions ten months before the event.

Following Felipe Reyes's announcement in September that he retires from the international game, speculation abounds about the Gasol brothers (Marc and Pau), Juan Carlos Navarro and Jose Calderon taking the summer off.

The FEB President was asked to confirm whether a new-look Spain will defend its European title in Slovenia.

"It's still too early to make a list as the players are involved in a tough (club) season, this is not the moment to start thinking who will be there and who will not," Saez replied.

"There is always surprises.

"I remember that after Beijing (the 2008 Olympics), it looked almost impossible to have Pau [Gasol] at the EuroBasket but in the end there he was, in Poland (in 2009)."

"We are one of the national teams that always counts with the biggest possible commitment on behalf of the players."


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