Ever since it was announced Girondins de Bordeaux would be bought by GACP from M6, Eduardo Macia, then at Leicester City, was touted to be their next director of football.
The first real story came in October of last year, where it was announced the deal taking the former scout from England to France was 99% done, yet nothing happened until March 2019.
Eventually leaving Leicester City around the same time as Claude Puel was replaced by Brendan Rodgers, the Spaniard is now expected to take on his new role sometime in April.
While his appointment has been praised in some areas of the French press, journalist Romain Molina is far from impressed, and took to YouTube to lift the lid on the Macia-Bordeaux relationship when going through the brochure GACP used to acquire enough funds to buy the French club.
He said: “In the document, they put that Eduardo Macia scouted Fernando Torres to bring him to Liverpool. But you’ve got no merit in signing Fernando Torres because everyone knew him when he was at Atlético. You have to stop telling people he’s the one who pulled off the deal. Everyone in the business – it’s really amazing! – know who Eduardo Macia really is, a guy people are trying to pass off as a genius.”
“Ask Betis, who are already an iffy club, but when they sack you and don’t want to pay you the next two years of your contract that you ask for because they threaten to explain certain deals to the press… Macia gave up two years of pay, so a few million. Does he blame himself? I don’t know.
“Maybe he forced a player to sign for €10m when that wasn’t his value, and many other things like that? Careful, don’t take people for idiots!”
Replacing Steve Walsh as the head of recruiting at Leicester City after the former moved to Everton, Macia oversaw a number of signings at King Power Stadium, like those of Vicente Iborra (now at Sevilla), Adrien Silva (on loan at Monaco) or Rachid Ghezzal.
That doesn’t mean some weren’t a success, with players like Harry Maguire, Ricardo Pereira and Wilfred Ndidi certainly making great names for themselves since their respective switches.