https://statsbomb.com/2018/06/what-if-your-club-lost-all-its-players-the-sporting-lisbon-story/Then things got even worse. After Sporting fell short of a Champions League spot and before the Cup final that they would end up losing, a large group of fans entered the club’s training ground and physically attacked the squad. There were some injuries, striker Bas Dost suffered cuts to his head, but beyond the physical impact, the mental toll of the event was undoubtedly enormous. With a large number of fans blaming the President for installing such a confrontational climate around the club and for the lack of defense measures that could’ve prevented the attack.
Regardless of how people feel about the club’s last few months, both on and off the pitch, the threat of a wave of resignations from the squad members became very real when the first few came to fruition last week. Rui Patricio, team captain and starting goalkeeper for the last 10 years, delivered a 34-page resignation letter in which he details the events that happened during the afternoon of the attack and the inadequate relationship that stood between the president and the players for the last few months.
The player chose to go forward with this move after a transfer to Wolves was supposedly denied through last minute demands. Following the captain, promising young forward Daniel Podence also delivered his letter of resignation – the 22-year-old works under the same agent which is what presumably facilitated the process. Both players resigned under ‘fair cause’, claiming a lack of safety in their work environment from both a mental and physical stand-point. And now the floodgates may be open. Other players might follow their lead, or, at the very least, demand the club sell them. The club’s biggest assets are all rumoured to be pushing for an exit in some capacity.
And what players is he gonna coach? Lol. Hope he has experience with youth players?