NZ'S MOST SUCCESSFUL CLUB FOOTBALL COACH OF ALL TIME QUITS RUSSIAN CLUB OVER UKRAINE INVASION:
Former Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx has quit the ambitious Russian second tier club FC Akron Togliatti he signed on to coach in December due to the Russian attack on the Ukraine, along with all of his coaching staff and most of their foreign players, including former Auckland City midfielder Fabrizio Tavano, a Mexican Kiwi who played for Auckland City in our national league and in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Tribulietx was at Auckland City 2008 - 2019 (seven FIFA Club World Cups; third place finish 2014)
Club owner Pavel Morozov on the club's website last week:
"Foreign specialists are not ready to cooperate with the club because of the events in Ukraine.
Since the beginning of autumn, a lot of work has been done to attract foreign specialists to implement the club's strategy aimed at achieving significant results and developing children's and youth football in Togliatti and the Samara region.
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond the control of the club and specialists, not related to football, further work with the club will not be able to continue: technical director Ramon Tribulech, head of physical training Alejandro Segovia Vilchez, goalkeeping coach Matteo Zhugai, coaches Marko Djordjevic and Yagiz Chekem, and also technical director of the Academy Hugo Klingor.
We look forward to achieving peace as soon as possible."
Former Auckland City player, Mexican Kiwi Fabrizio Tavano, who played in our national league and the FIFA Club World Cup, has also quit FC Akron:
Former Auckland City midfielder Fabrizio Tavano leaves Russian second-tier club FC Akron "due to the events in Ukraine" five days after signing.
Russian club website Dec. 10 2021 about Ramon's signing as head coach:
RAMON TRIBULIETCH BECOMES NEW HEAD COACH OF FC AKRON
"Ramon will join the team at the training camp and begin preparations for the second part of the Olymp-FNL season. The contract was signed for 2.5 years. The coaching staff will be formed in the near future.
Ramon Tribulletch began his coaching career in 2005 in his homeland of Spain. In 2008, the specialist moved to New Zealand and joined the Auckland City coaching staff. Since 2010, Ramon has been the head coach of the team, in this role he managed to win the Oceania Champions League seven times, win the New Zealand Championship three times and win bronze medals in the Club World Championship.
Club sporting director Chris Docherty spoke about the search for a new head coach:
“We went through a rigorous selection process which left us with a few candidates with experience in the top divisions. Ramon was ideally suited to the vision of the further development of the club. He is a very experienced specialist, for example, he has the most matches in the FIFA Club World Cup. During the interview, I asked a lot of specific questions about tactics and the training process, and the answers convinced me that Ramon is obsessed with tactical nuances. In my opinion, this is the hallmark of a top coach. We already have a squad that is able to play first and control the ball. I am confident that Ramon will be able to adapt our playing model and take the club to the next level. Nothing can change overnight, but I am confident that over time, FC Akron under Ramon will be able to achieve results and still play in an attractive,
Comment from our new head coach:
“Chris contacted me, told me about the project, which immediately interested me. The main goal is the Premier League - and this is one of the things that motivates me. Yes, this is a difficult task, but we will go to it step by step. The ambitions and philosophy of the club are close to me, so I accepted the offer. I have already watched a lot of the team's games and I have an idea about the style and level of the FNL, about the Akron players and the club's playing philosophy."