Holebas: Quique treated me like I’d burnt his house down

Jose Holebas, a player reborn under Walter Mazzarri, has described the way Quique Sanchez Flores handled him as “a joke”.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Times, Holebas reflects on a tortuous last season when he was picked up and put down more times than a baby’s toy.

Picture plus main by Franziska Empl
Picture plus main by Franziska Empl

“I’d won trophies, I’d played in the Champions League and World Cup, I’d moved from a bigger club, but I was benched or left at home,” says Holebas, who has already played one more game this season than he did in the entirety of the last campaign.

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“I was really upset. I went to ask the manager [Quique Sanchez Flores] what was going on. My teammates didn’t understand it either. He never gave me the right answer. He told the media that I wasn’t playing well, which made it easy for him to leave me out of the starting 11. He took me off at half-time against Southampton, which was a joke. It was like I’d burnt his house down. I expect a manager to be straight, to be a man. This did not happen. It was a bad experience. Now people have the wrong picture of me. That’s not fair.”

For the full, fascinating interview, pick up a copy of today’s Sunday Times.

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