December 11, 2013
Crisis club Racing search for third coach of season
Racing Club have begun the search for their third coach of the season after Carlos Ischia resigned following his team's 1-0 home defeat by Atletico Rafaela, their fourth in a row, at the weekend.
Ischia presided over a draw and four losses after taking over from Luis Zubeldia in August, leaving Racing bottom of the Inicial with two points from 10 matches, their worst start since the introduction of two championships a season in 1991.
"After (Sunday's) match, we met with Ischia and he told us one of the reasons why he decided to resign was that he was not getting through to the squad," club president Victor Blanco said.
"I accepted his decisión to resign because he lacked the strength to carry on," said Blanco, who became president last week after Gaston Cogorno and fellow vice-president Rodolfo Molina resigned amid a mismanagement crisis at Racing.
"We want to settle on the (new) coach in 48 hours," Blanco told Fox Sports. "If he's a coach who is working, we'll wait a little longer...We have a file with more than half a dozens coaches."
Among names thrown into the hat by media as the man who could take over is out-of-work fans' favourite Reinaldo Merlo, the last coach to steer Racing to a league title in 2001.