April 24, 2014
River PlateWednesday, December 18, 2013
President D’Onofrio formally in charge
Says Díaz will continue as coach
Newly elected River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio took over yesterday from Daniel President, replaced at the ceremony by his outgoing vice-president Diego Turnes.
Rodolfo D’Onofrio, who won River Plate’s presidential elections on Sunday, yesterday formally took over from outgoing president, Daniel President who was not present at the ceremony. He was replaced by his outgoing vice-president Diego Turnes who made a brief speech during which he was whistled at and insulted by a group of people.
D’Onofrio, the 22nd president of the club, said: ”We have to return go back to being River Plate and for that we need the whole family to be united. It will be a difficult path, but we have to start working.”
Some 800 people were present at the ceremony at the club’s bar.
It is known that some of the previous idols of the team will assist the new committee as advisors, including goalkeepers Ubaldo Fillol and Sergio Goycochea as well as Norberto Alonso and Enzo Francescoli.
Later yesterday, D’Onofrio — who won Sunday’s election by a wide margin — had a meeting with coach Ramón Díaz and confirmed that he will continue in his post. D’Onofrio admitted that he had no plan B to change the coaching staff. They will have another meeting later to decide the soccer team’s future for next season.
The president confirmed that the team will complete its pre-season training in Tandil.
Also present at the ceremony was much applauded former goalkeeper Amadeo Carrizo who agreed that Díaz should continue.