Domestic League — River PlateSaturday, May 31, 2014
Gallardo to become River’s coach
Manager Francescoli confirms the former midfielder as the new boss
Marcelo Gallardo will become River Plate’s new coach, the club’s manager Enzo Francescoli confirmed yesterday. The 38-year-old trainer will officially sign his contract next week.
River Plate manager Enzo Francescoli confirmed yesterday that former midfielder Marcelo Gallardo will become the club’s coach to replace Ramón Díaz, who resigned on Tuesday after clinching the Final Tournament title.
“There are some details to confirm, but Gallardo will be River’s new coach. I talked to him, I see him very mature. He’s a man of the house and he will be welcome,” said Francescoli.
The deal between the club and Gallardo will become official next week, with the squad already on vacations.
Meanwhile, president Rodolfo D’Onofrio said that “Gallardo is the coach for this stage” and that they will talk about the possible signings when they all “agree with the contract.”
The chairman added that the economic situation of the club is worse than trying to replace Ramón Díaz because if they do not cancel the debts, “River will disappear.”
Gallardo, 38, only coached Nacional of Montevideo in the 2011-2012 season and clinched the Uruguayan league title.
However, he had a successful career in River as a soccer player. He won six league titles (Apertura Tournaments 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997; Clausura Tournaments 1997 and 2004) and two international trophies (Libertadores Cup 1996 and Super Cup 1997).
The former Argentina national team midfielder will replace Díaz, River’s most successful coach in the club’s history.
Gallardo will work with the same assistants he had in Nacional: Matías Biscay and Hernán Buján, two former River players.
The future of River players is still uncertain. Cristian Ledesma is the only one who said that he will leave the club. Colombians Carlos Carbonero, Teófilo Gutiérrez and Éder Álvarez Balanta are also candidates to leave. Playmaker Manuel Lanzini is the main player to sell to earn some money, but there were no official offers yet.
To replace some of those players, River wants to sign Pablo Aimar and Esteban Cambiasso, two midfielders who have already played for the club. Also, striker Ignacio Scocco is on the shortlist, but it will be difficult for RIver to sign him.
Today, River will play a friendly Superderby against arch rival Boca Juniors in Mexico. Gustavo Zapata will be River’s coach and it will be Ledesma’s last game with the club jersey.
Herald with agencies