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Independiente appoints Almirón

Independiente president Hugo Moyano (r) poses with the jersey along with new coach Jorge Almirón.
Candidate Diego Milito had declined the offer

Independiente hired Jorge Almirón as coach. Omar De Felippe, who led Independiente to the promotion, resigned on Wednesday and main candidate for substitution Diego Milito had declined the offer.

Just two weeks before the start of the season, Independiente confirmed yesterday that they have appointed Jorge Almirón as their new coach.

The 43 year-old replaces former coach Omar De Felippe, at the newly promoted side.

Almirón spent last season as coach of Godoy Cruz, and also spent time coaching Tijuana in the Mexican League

After the announcement, Almirón said that he is glad of becoming Independiente coach but that he was surprised by the offer as he thought that Diego Milito was going to accept the charge. “It was a surprise for me because I thought that Milito was going to accept but I commit myself to work hard and make a team with identity as soon as possible,” said Almirón at the news conference at the Libertadores de América stadium yesterday.

“It is an honour for me to coach Independiente as I am fan of the club. I have supported great Independiente line-ups in this stadium!,” added the former Atlas and Atalante of Mexico midfielder

Almirón, who was presented by Independiente president Hugo Moyano, remarked that his condition of fan of Independiente will not make his work easier.

“I know that if the team does not perform well in the fifth of sixth round, my work will be questioned” and added that “the fans wanted Milito but I underline that I accept the offer because I want to work and reach the required level as soon as possible.”

Almirón, who signed a one-and-a-half-year contract did not reveal the conditions of the deal and said that he wants to meet the players.

“It is not the same to see them on television than talking to them,” the coach said.

Almirón said that he will talk with midfielder Daniel Montenegro in order to secure his continuity. “If he wants to remain at the club, he will be welcomed but he needs to enjoy this moment of his career and avoid suffering.”

On the other hand, Independiente president Moyano said that it was a quick choice as the executive board was interested in the project. Moyano also thanked former coach Omar De Felippe for his work. “He was the right man in that moment and promoted Independiente to the top-flight division,” Moyano said.

Almirón, 43, started his career as coach in Dorados of Sinaloa (2008-2009). He also coached Tiburones of Veracruz (2009-2010) and Correcaminos (2010-2011). The three teams in Mexico to return to Argentina to then coach Defensa y Justicia (2012-2013) and Godoy Cruz of Mendoza (2013-2014).

Herald staff with Télam

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