December 11, 2013
SOCCER — Initial tournamentFriday, September 20, 2013
More problems for Racing
Vice-President Molina accused of staging a coup; Ayala fired as manager
Racing Vice-President, Rodolfo Molina, was accused by former official Leandro Rodríguez Hevia of staging a coup d’état during a board meeting, where they decided to sack manager Roberto Ayala for the poor performance of the club.
Leandro Rodríguez Hevia, former secretary of Racing, said that the club Vice-President Rodolfo Molina staged “a coup d’état during Wednesday’s meeting” and accused him of being the “main culprit” for the poor present of the club.
“Rodolfo (Molina) is the only and main one responsible of this moment. What he did was a coup d’état,” said Rodríguez Hevia, who resigned on Wednesday night after the meeting at the Continental Hotel.
The board are divided into two factions, one headed by President Gastón Cogorno, and another by Molina.
Also, the former club official, who worked in the club for 25 years, described the relationship between Cogorno and Molina as an “ego fight.”
“This is an ego fight. There is a person, Molina, who destroys everything that the other one (Cogorno) wants to build,” said Rodríguez Hevia.
He added that the vice-president had a dictatorial attitude during the meeting: “he said that we have to do whatever he wants and that he will take all the club decisions.”
Former Argentina captain Roberto Ayala became a high-profile victim of a crisis at the club when he was sacked as manager yesterday.
Racing, one of Argentina’s so-called Big Five clubs, are bottom of the Initial Tournament with two points from seven matches.
“The board of directors, at their weekly meeting on Wednesday night, decided one of those mainly responsible for managing professional soccer should leave his post,” the club said on its website, in reference to Ayala.
First to go three weeks ago was coach Luis Zubeldía after his promotion of a group of talented young players backfired this season with a draw followed by three defeats.
Ayala, criticized for poor recruiting during the off-season, appointed experienced former Boca Juniors coach Carlos Ischia in his place but he is struggling to turn the tide. Molina led the calls for Ayala’s dismissal.
The mood at Racing now is a far cry from the one in June when they celebrated three victories in the run-in to the Final Tournament and the relegation of bitter rival Independiente.
Ayala, 40, returned from 14 years in Europe with Napoli, AC Milan, Valencia and Real Zaragoza to end his playing career at Racing in 2011.
He won 115 caps as a central defender and helped Argentina win the Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games.
Herald with agencies