Argentina legend Roberto AYALA spoke about quitting his role at the AFA while working with the youth teams.
In an interview with La Nacion, former Argentina international Roberto AYALA spoke about the reasons why he quit his job at the AFA and it wasn’t very pretty. Here’s what he had to say:
Roberto AYALA on the German connection:
“Oliver BIERHOFF, the German National Team manager told me they came to Argentina in the early 2000’s to learn about youth development. They wanted to know how our youth policy worked, they needed ideas for the redevelopment for the foundation of German football.”
“Back then when PEKERMAN was in charge, we set an example (in terms of football youth development) for the entire world. I wanted to set up a meeting with BIERHOFF but whilst his position lasted for a decade, mine was only for nine days.”
Getting called by AFA:
“The AFA called me up because they needed someone with football experience to set an identity within the AFA. I was very enthusiastic because I was attracted to sport management and it provided me a link to the National Team.”
“I did not like the project that was presented especially having a different coach for the Under 17 and Under 20 national sides. Especially with the U20 side, they made a wrong choice.They asked me to look for possible candidates and suddenly UBEDA’s name appeared. No one called or informed me about this. I was surprised that someone who didn’t present a project was selected instead”.
“From that moment, I knew I had nothing to do and there was no possibility. It was a wrong start, we’ve already made a wrong choice. I was in the middle of a great deal and I left. I had to apologize to those coaches because I was talking to them on behalf of the AFA.”