Montse Tomé is the coach replacing the now-sacked Spanish Female team head coach, Jorge Vilda, and her appointment has sparked searches about who she is. In this article, we will talk about who she is and what she brings to the team.
Montse Tome will be the first woman to coach the women’s national team after being chosen by Spain’s football body RFEF to replace Jorge Vilda, who was fired, the organization announced on Tuesday.
Tome had served as Vilda’s assistant coach since 2018 and, according to the RFEF, has since “established herself as a key player in the national team’s growth.”
The federation’s new board, which was established following the suspension of RFEF President Luis Rubiales by FIFA over his reportedly non-consensual kiss of a Spanish player after the squad won the Women’s World Cup two weeks ago, terminated Vilda’s contract earlier on Tuesday.
The Sacking of Jorge Vilda
As a result of Luis Rubiales’ actions, Spain’s Women’s World Cup-winning coach Jorge Vilda was fired by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Tuesday. The committee of regional presidents overseeing the RFEF, headed by Pedro Rocha, informed Vilda of their intention to remove Rubiales after FIFA suspended him as president of the Spanish FA for 90 days for his unwanted kiss on forward Jenni Hermoso. On Tuesday, shortly after the RFEF released a statement apologizing for Rubiales’ “totally unacceptable behavior” and stating that it was supporting disciplinary proceedings against him, Vilda was informed of the decision.
The RFEF announced Montse Tomé as his replacement later on Tuesday. She has been Vilda’s assistant coach since 2018, becoming the first woman to ever coach the Spain women’s team.
“The RFEF wants to convey to the whole of society and to the whole of world football its deepest regret for what has happened, which has tarnished our national team, our football, and our society,” the statement reads. “The damage caused to Spanish football, to Spanish sport, to Spanish society, and to the values of football and sport as a whole has been enormous.”
The dismissal was hinted at last week by Joan Soteras, the president of the Catalan Football Federation and a representative on the RFEF council of regional presidents.
“There have to be structural changes in women’s football,” he said. “One of those could be [removing] Vilda. He was at the centre of the mess with the national team [last September]. If it was up to me, I would [dismiss him]. A change would be the most convenient thing for the good of women’s football.”
When Spain defeated England 1-0 in the World Cup final in Sydney, Vilda, 42, who had been in charge since 2015, was in charge. Despite never having won in a knockout game at a significant competition before. Well, Jorge Vilda’s replacement is, Montse Tomé, but what is known about her?
Who Is Montse Tomé? Learn More About Her
Montserrat “Montse” Tomé Vázquez, a retired Spanish football midfielder who most recently played for Oviedo Moderno in the Segunda División of Spain, was born on May 11, 1982. She has also competed in the Primera División for Levante UD and FC Barcelona, where both teams have won championships. Montse Tomé, a former U-19 Euro runner-up, competed for his country’s senior team in the 2005 Euro qualifiers.
After Jorge Vilda was removed from his post as the head coach of the Spanish Women team on September 5, 2023, Montse was named the new manager of the Spanish women’s national soccer team. Montse Tomé had been Vilda’s assistant manager at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.