March 9, 2014
Local newsThursday, December 26, 2013
San Lorenzo: Bauza to sign on January 1
San Lorenzo will have its new coach on January 1 as Edgardo Bauza will sign his contract to become the club’s new boss that day. Meanwhile, Vélez Sarsfield is looking for Ricardo Gareca’s replacement as the trainer left after five years in charge.
Edgardo Bauza will arrive on January 1 to sign his contract as San Lorenzo coach and take the place left by Juan Antonio Pizzi.
Bauza, who lives in Ecuador with his family, has already reached an agreement with the club officials and will be in the country next week.
The Saints’ obsession is to win the Libertadores Cup in 2014 and Bauza, like Pizzi a former Rosario Central player, has the pedigree having turned LDU Quito into the first Ecuadorean side to win South America’s elite club trophy in 2008. It lost that year’s Club World Cup final 1-0 to Manchester United.
San Lorenzo, which lifted its 12th league crown, is the only one of Argentina’s so-called Big Five clubs never to have won the Libertadores.
“Patón” (Bigfoot) Bauza, 55, has won league titles in Peru with Sporting Cristal and Ecuador with LDU as a coach and in Argentina as a player for Central.
Pizzi stunned the Saints by deciding to break his contract and take up an offer from Valencia, where he was a striker.
Pizzi decided at first against taking the Valencia job, which is vacant following the sacking of Miroslav Djukic, but he was persuaded to reconsider his decision by the club’s new sporting director, former Argentina captain Roberto Ayala.
The other team that will have a new boss is Vélez Sarsfield. Ricardo Gareca, the longest serving coach at one team in the Argentine top flight, has decided to leave Vélez after winning four trophies during five years in charge.
Gareca told sporting manager Christian Bassedas of his decision in a three-hour meeting late on Monday.
The ex-Argentina striker, who took charge in January 2009, won three league crowns and the Super Final 2012/13 after beating Newell’s.
Gareca, whose side finished joint second to San Lorenzo in the 2013/14 season’s Initial championship that ended on December 15, had hinted last month he wanted to try new pastures.
His successor looks likely to come from reserve team coach Héctor Almandoz or former Vélez striker Omar Asad, who has coached San Lorenzo, Godoy Cruz and Mexico’s Atlas.
Herald with agencies