Manolo Jimenez has made clear that he will not be walking away from Real Zaragoza, as he calls on the fans to make La Romareda ‘a fortress’.
Woeful form from the Aragonese since the turn of the year has seen them fall down the table and after this weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Deportivo, they are only a point and a place out of the relegation zone.
Coach Jimenez surprisingly called a Press conference the day after Zaragoza’s defeat, but made clear that it was not to announce his resignation.
“I have not thought of resigning, I am thinking about work and the team picking up points,” commented the former Sevilla boss to reporters.
“I do not know what the public think, but I have always felt supported in my work and to do so in the way I do.
“When looking for solutions and they do not arrive, you go wrong, but the important thing is to get back up.
“It is not fair that Zaragoza have not found a win in many of the games that we have not won, but for one reason or another, we have not done well.
“Everything was done to win games such as against Valencia [2-2], Malaga [1-1], Real Madrid [1-1] and even against Deportivo, who we lost to on singular points of failure.”
Jimenez pointed to the importance of turning around the team’s home form.
“We have eight games left, five of which are at home, and it’s all about doing what we have not done through the year at La Romareda.
“We must make our stadium a fortress with the supporters as our best player, the same as they were in protecting us from relegation last season.
“From there I think we will pick up points and therefore determine our position in the League, which a few of us still believe in, just like last year.”