ALMERÍA

"Please call me José María Gutiérrez, not Guti" says Guti

The Almería coach has asked the media to address him by his full name: José María Gutiérrez and not his shortened football nickname.

Recently-appointed Almería coach José María Gutiérrez has made a strange request to the media - to address him always by his full name and not his shortened and more popular football nickname. During his playing days, several names appeared on the back of his Real Madrid shirt - Gutiérrez, J.M.GutiGuti.H and Guti HAZ... but for the fans and the media, he was always referred to just as 'Guti'. Not any more it seems.

"Just one thing," he explained in a press conference this week, "I'd prefer you to call me José María Gutiérrez, not Guti because everywhere I go, I hear, 'Guti, Guti' and my name is José María Gutiérrez, not Guti, ok?".