Very comprehensive update, I like it! Also a great season in the league and a promising start in the Copa Libertadores!
The rise and fall of Bruno VidesFebruary, 2023
Everyone has their ups and downs. Some people realize it, change their ways, and correct their path. Others prefer to stay grounded on the past, without realizing that we are living in the present. This is a story about the latter.
I'm still mesmerized by the content of the conversation I've had last month with Bruno Vides. Bruno, you know, has been a player of utmost importance during the reconstruction of this club. He's no Maradona, he has no technique, but he knows how to slot the ball where it needs to be, and for a long time, this is all we needed.
His performance in Clásicos were something else. He came to decide Clásicos as they come. Gimnasia has never been so dominant in Clásicos, and Bruno has a huge part on this dominance. Again, not a complete striker, but he did wonders for our fans.
I was planning on using him for a while after the arrival of Sebá Rodríguez. I'm not gonna lie, Sebá is a talent far beyond that of Bruno, but his limited finishing skills made me sketch a plan where we would give him a lot of training before starting him. But Bruno latest exhibitions forced me to cut this plan short, as he just stopped scoring.
It was since August the seventh that he didn't score. His 4 goals against Táchira would still put him on the table as Gimnasia's top scorer in the Copa Libertadores, but he hasn't scored in the knockout stages. The magic is just gone and he was outgrown by the club status. And that's OK. I knew this day would come, and I've been planning for some weeks whether to let him go, how to pay the due respects with the due celebration of his accomplishments. Last month, it changed.
I wasn't expecting for Bruno when he came into my office. He turned the doorknob, stuck his head into the room and asked if it was OK for him to come in. I wasn't busy, so I let him in.
I was already rehearsing in my mind how to save this conversation, how to talk about the bad news. As he stepped into my office, I thought he was aware of what was going on and we would have a peaceful conversation about the future. Until the moment when he, bearer of an inexplicable lack of self-awareness, pronounced these words:
- Hey gaffer. Now that we won the Copa Libertadores, I think it's about time for you to give me another raise to reflect how important I am to this institution.
In that moment I knew this conversation would be harsher than predicted.
- With all due respect, Bruno, you've got a raise last year and you've been scoreless for a long time. You know, I had to start Khalil instead of you on the latest games. You haven't started a game for quite a while... Are you sure you are in a position to request another contract?
- Oh, come on, Khalil hasn't being doing that well.
- Neither have you.
- Nah, it's just a phase, you know.
- So ask for a contract after this phase is over. - After I said that I could see his face turning red.
- Listen, man. I've been carrying you and this group of dorks on my back for some years now. This team was only about me, and we got a Superliga because of me. You owe your manager career to me. Be reasonable, just give me a contract.
You know what? I've had enough. All the importance of Bruno Vides has gone down the drain after this disrespectful behavior. I exploded:
- Yes, you WERE important for this team, Bruno. And you got rewarded as such at the right time! But now the club has outgrown you, and honestly, Sebá Rodríguez and Khalil Caraballo have way more to offer than you do now. When you came in here, I thought we would have a conversation about you wanting to stay or to leave, to be important somewhere else! Now, I'm sure that your future doesn't belong here, you've been disrespectful to me, and bear in mind that you are not more important than the club. I've had enough, Bruno, you're done here! Tell your agent and pack your bags! And for last, but not the least: I don't owe you shit, boludo, I don't owe you shit!
I don't know if he heard what I said. I haven't heard a word of what he was yelling at me while I yelled at him. It was nasty, two grown men yelling at each other for money. Well, at least he was in it for money. And I don't know if I handled this well, I don't know if I did the best I could, all I know is that it was a nightmare and I lost some nights of sleep trying to find a new club for him. First, I tried to offer him by his transfermarkt value of 4 million euros. Not a single soul. Then, I tried to get some open offers for him. The 2 million euros, from Argentinos, was the highest bid. Shit. You know what? Good riddance.
@ScottT "perennial bridesmaid" I just loved it. And yeah, beating Estudiantes will take time, but we are up for the task
@Jack only the scenes of the next episodes will tell!
@TheLFCFan yep, that is by far the best moment of the history of this institution, and we gotta profit from it the best we can
@Griffo yeah, we are starting to compete with the European teams for Argentine players, and Boca and River are being forced to step up their game
@Zed thanks, I appreciate it! I hope we can keep up the good work!