The past 2-3 weeks have been full of reports indicating Javier Martinez Espinoza could be headed out of his position as head coach at Vipers SC.
Of late, there are reports that KCCA FC manager Mike Hillary Mutebi could be in line to replace the Mexican tactician at St.Mary’s stadium.
However, Espinoza in an exclusive interview with this website stated that he is unaware about uncertainty surrounding his job as claimed.
He indicated that he is committed about his job for now and making sure the club performs and achieve its targets.
” Well I have heard about the reports but like you said it is speculation and I have no control about what people want to say.” he started before adding, ” I’m going about my normal business at the club and making sure we achieve our targets this season.”
Espinoza took charge of the Entebbe road based side in July this year replacing Portuguese manager Jorge Miguel Da Costa who was sacked at the end of last season.
Whereas, the manager refutes the stories about his job being on line, he confesses the time he has been at Vipers SC has not been all rosy.
” If you are married, I do not think the relationship is stable throughout. There are times when things are smooth while there are bumps along the way. So equally, there have been challenges but that’s a fact of life.” He explained.
According to a source close to Vipers SC, the gaffer has failed to have full control over the dressing room hence falling out with some players.
” He( Espinoza) has struggled to satisfy some players and hence they are not comfortable playing under him.” a source that preferred anonymity intimated.
Some of the players believed to be in this category include Halid Lwaliwa, Tom Masiko, and Brian Nkuubi.
It is also reported that there has been influence from the club administrators about how match day lineups are made a thing that Espinoza denied.
” We have a very big squad with talented players and almost everyone would want to play but we can only field eleven on the pitch and seven on the bench. I was a player as well and always wanted to start games but I think we have many games to come, the league is a marathon, we have Uganda Cup and now CAF Champions League so it is about patience because as a technical team we would want to have all the players featuring. ” He said.
” About officials influencing in technical aspects, I have never experienced that so far.” Espinoza refuted.
It is reported that Tom Masiko and Brian Nkuubi started the game against Express FC on an order from a section of the officials a thing he denied as well.
Asked if the reports do not obstruct him from focusing on his job, Espinoza stated that all his concentration is at Vipers SC and busy preparing for the next games.
” We are currently going on with training and I have remained focused on my work at the club because as coaches we are susceptible to such. We have league games coming up plus the CAF Champions League game against El Merreikh.”
Espinoza has been in charge of seven league games at Vipers SC winning four and drawing three.