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Leonas coach Roggero resigns

Former women’s national team coach Emmanuel Roggero.
Men’s assistant coach Santiago Capurro main candidate

Women’s national team coach Emanuel Roggero resigned yesterday and likely replacement Santiago Capurro would be the fourth change of coach within a year for the team preparing for next year’s World Cup.

Women’s national team coach Emanuel Roggero offered his resignation to the Argentine Hockey Confederation’s (CAH) president, Aníbal Fernández yesterday following Sunday, the final day of the World League final round in Tucumán, in which Argentina only finished fourth.
“When I took over as coach I understood that the Leonas had never finished an international tournament out of the top three and the result in Tucumán made it necessary for me to leave it up to the CAH to decide whether I should continue,” Roggero said.
Roggero was named coach in May, replacing Marcelo Garraffo when the team was already training for the semifinal (in London) and the final round of the World League and some of the players — including captain Luciana Aymar, named the world’s best player by the sport’s international federation for a record 8th time at the week-end — were not  happy about this.
Roggero, 48, a former international goalkeeper who won a silver medal at the 1987 Pan-American Games in Indianapolis, said he thought long before reaching a decision, adding that he planned in his mind what the team was able to do, but this did not result. He had not mentioned his possible resignation to the team beforehand.
The favourite to replace Roggero is Santiago Capurro, the former Ciudad de Buenos Aires player and former coach of the women’s junior (U-21) team who is presently assistant coach to Carlos Retegui with the men’s national team. The CAH is expected to announce its decision today of who will coach the team as it prepares for next year’s World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands on May 31-June 15.
This would mean a fourth coach within a year for the women’s team which was under Retegui, with whom they won the last Word Cup in 2010 in Rosario and several other tournaments. He handed in resignation to the CAH’s previous committee, which was immediately accepted due to his closeness to presidential candidate Fernández. He was immediately replaced by Garraffo who was dismissed three months later as soon as Fernández won the vote to become president. Roggero, from Fernández’s club Quilmes, was named as women's team coach and Retegui for the men.
Herald staff with Télam
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