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Saturday, 19 February 2011 14:12

Players must take responsibility under new coach, says Osasuna's Nelson

Defender sorry over Camacho departure

Portuguese defender Nelson says the responsibility to keep Osasuna in the Spanish top flight should focus on the players, after the Pamplona club changed coaches with the team in relegation trouble.

Experienced manager Jose Antonio Camacho was sacked, after over two years at the helm, following last weekend’s 1-0 loss at Real Sociedad. The defeat left the team in the bottom three in La Liga, with just one victory - a 1-0 win over Real Madrid - from their last eleven league matches.

“This is what normally happens in football when the team is not getting results,” said Nelson. “It is the coach who pays. Maybe it is not the fairest outcome, but it is the most common. I feel sorry for Camacho, who is a coach with whom I had a good relationship. But the board felt they had to do something and we, the players, have to support the club.

“Frankly, I feel that everything is in our hands; nobody should be expecting the new coach to perform miracles. We the players must take responsibility to work things out and help the club achieve its main objective, which is to keep this great club in the division.”

Jose Luis Mendilibar is the man Osasuna have looked to in order to change the team’s fortunes, which will begin with a tough looking home clash with Espanyol at the Estadio Reyno de Navarra.

By Sean Gillen

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