José Alberto López Menéndez (born 21 May 1982 in Oviedo, Spain), is a football coach from Asturias, a region in Spain that has seen countless coaches and players emerge from its robust football programs. He has led teams in every Spanish youth division, Segunda División B and Segunda División.
The Escuela de Mareo, the academy base of Real Sporting de Gijón, was José Alberto’s home for many years. During his time there, he was able to challenge the best academies in Spain with the División de Honor youth team, celebrate a promotion with the reserve team for Real Sporting de Gijón, and play the promotion playoffs for Segunda División with that same team. Months later, he would have the chance to prove himself with the first rojiblanco team in the silver category.
COACH JOSÉ ALBERTO IN 3 QUOTES:
“Responsible, with a leader’s profile. He reaches goals with steadfastness and tenacity. Also a good friend, always willing to lend a hand. As a professional: ambitious and a tireless worker, with a clear idea for his style of play and what he wants to achieve with his teams. He’s clear and direct with his players, he demands the same from his team members and himself.”
JOURNALIST AND JOSÉ ALBERTO’S EX-COACH
“José Alberto is, in short, an outstanding professional. He’s a great guy with vocation and passion for his profession, conscious of the importance of WINNING, spending all the time that is necessary and using his tremendous ability and hunger for learning to achieve that goal. He has no fear for the challenge, no complaints, no excuses. It’s a privilege to share the same path.”
“José Alberto is a good coach because he brings together all the qualities necessary to be a goo professional: he knows how to listen, he’s a great motivator, rigorous in his work, tolerant with the players (which is not the same as being permissive), he transmits positive aspects and is a source of constant motivation. Furthermore, he transmits to me virtues which make him a human being of great value: respect, humility, patience, honor, generosity, and altruism, all showcased in his personal relationships. And I admire his empathy towards other people’s problems.”
“In my opinion, José Alberto is approachable, hard-working, persevering, knowledgeable of the game, and a mentor for the locker room.”
EX-PLAYER AND COACH