Saturday, May 29, 2010
Big clubs change coaches
While all teams just started their vacations, and players won't return until mid/late June, 3 of the big 5 teams have changed coaches hoping to have a better season.
The first team to hire a new trainer was Boca. Coming from one of their worst seasons ever, they didn't lose one minute after the season ended and went for Claudio Borghi, the coach of the last champion, Argentinos Juniors.
Borghi, a 1986 World Champion with the Argentina NT lead by Diego Maradona, had succesful seasons in Chile coaching Colo Colo and before leading Argentinos Juniors to their first championship in 25 years, had a poor season with Independiente in his first job as the coach of an Argentinean team.
Independiente surprisingly didn't renew Americo Gallego's contract, although the team ended in the 4th place in Clausura and qualified to Copa Sudamericana.
Gallego, who had been previously champion with Independiente in 2002, Newell's in 2004 and also won a couple of championships with River in the 90's, is very much appreciated by fans, so nobody expected him leaving the club.
His replacement will be Daniel Garnero, a young coach with little experience in 1st division (only coached Arsenal two seasons ago). Garnero started his career as a player in Independiente, where he played more than 200 games and won a championship in 1994.
The last of the big clubs to hire a new coach is San Lorenzo, who signed back Ramon Diaz, a famous ex River, Fiorentina and Inter player with almost 20 years experience as a coach.
Diaz won many championships as a coach with River in the 90's and also won Copa Libertadores in 1996. He returns to San Lorenzo after 2 years, when he succesfully coached the team to win Clausura 2007, and later reached quarterfinals in Copa Libertadores 2008.
Arsenal, the smallest club in 1st division, will also have a new coach, Gustavo Alfaro, who returns to Arsenal where he won Copa Sudamericana 2007.