March 8, 2014
Elections in river plateMonday, December 16, 2013
Rodolfo D’Onofrio becomes president in record voting
More than 17 thousands members go to the club
Rodolfo D’Onofrio won the elections and became River Plate new president after a record voting of more than 17 thousands members. He will officially take charge of the club tomorrow, but he said that he will start working at the club today.
The candidate of “Un Presidente para River”, Rodolfo D’Onofrio, won the elections in River Plate yesterday in a record voting with more than 17 thousands members.
“I want to thank the River members because they chose me. They came here to show that River is big and all of us together are going to change things,” said D’Onofrio in a press conference in his bunker.
He also sent a message to his opponents: “To the candidates who lost, I offer my good will so we can work together to change River.”
D’Onofrio, along with Jorge Brito and Matías Patanián, added that they will begin to work for the club starting today because “there are big problems to solve.” However, he will officially take charge tomorrow.
D’Onofrio, who got 10,248 votes, competed against Antonio Caselli of “Primer River”, Carlos Ávila of “Frente River con la gente del club” and Daniel Kiper of “Unidos por River”.
Daniel Passarella’s era as River’s president has thus come to an end. D’Onofrio said that he has the solutions for the problems “left by the former president.”
In the last four years, River has not won a league title and suffered its worst soccer crisis: the relegation to the National B Division.
During his campaign, D’Onofrio said that Ramón Díaz will stay as the team’s coach, but he will also talk to him when he takes charge of the club to discuss the squad’s problems.
River finished 17th in the Initial Tournament with 21 points, 12 behind champion San Lorenzo. It also was eliminated from the South American Cup quarterfinals following a poor performance against Lanús and lost 1-0 against bitter rival Boca Juniors in the “Superderby”.
For D’Onofrio, the club members voted for him because they wanted a change.
Herald with agencies