Domestic LeagueWednesday, May 28, 2014
Ramón Díaz quits River after title win
Following the out-of-the-blue resignation of Ramón Díaz just 10 days after his championship victory, River Plate immediately begins the search for his replacement.
Following a season that was thought to secure his future with River Plate, including a 5-0 victory in the championship against Quilmes, head coach Ramón Díaz suddenly resigned yesterday.
While the public is generally taken back by this seemingly sudden decision following an Argentine title in addition to finishing five full points on top of the leader board, even River president, Rodolfo D’Onofrio told reporters “To be honest, I didn’t expect this,” which ultimately puts into context this rash decision. Díaz will give a press conference today to explain the reason behind his resignation.
This year saw River’s first title since 2008 when Diego Simeone, whose Atlético Madrid team won the Spanish title this season, was in charge and helped heal the wounds of the Argentine giants’ first ever relegation three years ago.
Despite finishing the season on the top of the charts, River reported in a statement released yesterday that Diaz had met with club directors and “expressed that he had fulfilled his objective, and for this reason decided to part company with the club.”
Diaz, 54, who also enjoyed two successful playing stints with River, had been in charge since late 2012 when he replaced Matías Almeyda.
As some River fans are still basking in the glory of the recent championship, the organization has made it very clear that they are wasting no time in their search for a new coach with the capabilities of repeating their championship result for the next season.
As of now, the front runner seems to be Marcelo Gallardo.
The well-versed soccer player, who began his career with River Plate, is coming into question solely because of his minimal coaching experience. The 38-year-old, although familiar with the River Plate stage, has only one year of coaching the Uruguayan Nacional club during the 2011-2012 season.
Although briefly looking into the job opening made available by Reinaldo Merlo for Racing, the River job opportunity seems to take priority. And he’s got a good shot — considering his three cycles as a player and the success that he had in his first year of coaching the Uruguayan Nacional team — he could be a decisive candidate.
Other potential candidates include two former players of River Plate as well: 38-year-old Hernán Crespo and 57-year-old, Uruguayan Juan Ramón Carrasco.
Carrasco who, coincidentally, was a player of the Nacional team in Uruguay, told Fox Sports that “it would be a dream” to come back and coach for the team that helped jumpstart his career as a soccer player back in 1979.
Crespo is also seen as a solid candidate, however, his complete lack of coaching experience makes him somewhat unappealing.
Despite his impressive career with teams such as AC Milan, Inter Milan, Parma and two stints with Chelsea — racking up more than 300 career goals and 35 international level goals (making him Argentina’s third highest goalscorer), he seems to have become more of an alternate to the other two candidates, Gallardo and Carrasco.
Whith a considerable amount of time before the start of next season, River is expected to act relatively quickly in their picking, to allow plenty of time for coach-player acclimatization.
Herald with sources