Coach Fernando Vazquez taking questions earlier this week.

20-10-2016

Real Mallorca play Madrid side Alcorcon at the Son Moix tomorrow at 12.00. The visitors are on the same number of points - ten - but Mallorca have a better goal difference which keeps the Palma side just outside the bottom four by a whisker.

It's been another seven days of “ifs” and “buts” at the club. The week started off with a Twitter poll revealing that 83% of Real Mallorca fans blamed coach Fernando Vazquez for our present lowly league predicament. Mallorcasports also said that it was likely that, as usual, the fans' frustrations go unheard. On Thursday, general manager Maheta Molango said at a presentation of new patrons Be Live Hotels that the idea of us dispensing with the Galician coach whatever the result tomorrow wouldn't be an issue. Anybody remotely interested in the beautiful game knows that statement means we are watching the present situation very carefully.

The fans have a very valid point, however. After ten games Vazquez has the worst record since 2013-14, the season we were relegated. Then Jose Luis Oltra was in charge and he won five, drawing one, losing four, for 16 points. After he was sacked, the Russian Valeri Karpin took over. He won three, drew two and lost five for eleven points. Then “Chapi” Ferrer had a go and he did marginally better, won three, drew three and lost four for 12 points. Vazquez on the other hand has won just two, drawn four and lost four for just ten points.

As I've said many times before, football is a results business and Vazquez at the moment is not delivering the points regular supporters want. Vazquez, as ever, remains optimistic saying “no teams have been relegated or promoted in October”. He sat next to us in the Mallorcafé on Thursday when he was giving a lunchtime interview and his answers were mostly monosyllabic.

For the Alcorcon game it looks like we'll see the return of most of the team's backbone after a few games of strange team selections. Goalkeeper Santamaria will have a late fitness test on a back injury - he's missed the last four games - and Oriol comes back after suspension. Espanyol loanee Raillo should take his place alongside Yuste at the heart of the defence and the sorely missed Juan Rodriguez takes charge of the engine room. It looks probable that the successful upfront partnership of Brandon and Lago Junior will start the game.

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