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The xeneize leadership is in the task of shuffling names to choose a new technical director. Renewal is coming for 2019
The final of the Copa Libertadores de América in 2018 was for many the most important in history, as it faced River Plate against Boca Juniors at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid. This is perhaps the biggest rivalry in Latin America and the world, so it was clear that whoever lost the Superfinal would automatically enter into a deep crisis.
Leer en español: Ellos son los candidatos a tomar el mando del Boca Juniors
The loser was Boca and this caused a serious earthquake in the club that has shaken especially its coaching staff, as Guillermo Barros Schelotto will no longer be the coach of the club xeneize in the coming days. Therefore, here, there are some questions everyone is asking: where will he go and who will arrive to the team?
Powerful names to take command of Boca
The supremacy of Boca Juniors is undeniable, that's why the technical directors who could reach their bench are important, of great hierarchy. According to the Marca newspaper, Antonio Mohamed, Gabriel Heinze, Martín Palermo, and José Néstor Pekerman are the four technicians who sound the loudest to take command of Blue and Gold.
On the other hand, the Infobae media maintains that Alejandro Sabella and Jorge Almirón would be the favorites of Daniel Angelici, president xeneize, to reach the club's bench. However, Sabella recently improved from an illness and Almiron took control of San Lorenzo recently, so the arrival of either of them would not be easy despite their favoritism.
The names of Miguel Angel Russo, Gustavo Alfaro, Sebastian Beccacese, Rolando Schiavi and Luis Felipe Scolari are also considered, although they are not as favorites as the aforementioned coaches. The next two weeks will be key to find a successor to Guillermo, as he and his coaching staff end their contract with Boca on December 31.
According to Infobae, the Board of Directors of Boca could hire first a sports director for the club, with the clear objective of analyzing together who is the ideal technician for the xeneizes. Juan Román Riquelme and Nicolás Burdisso are the two people who could get this managerial position.
Guillermo would return to known territory: the MLS
Daniel Angelici, president of Boca Juniors, held several meetings with Guillermo Barros Schelotto the week after the historic final of Libertadores, in which it was decided not to renew the contract of the coaching staff. According to El Clarín, the balance of the Guillermo in Boca is quite good, because in the 117 games he directed he managed two Argentine Superliga. Nevertheless, the great blow suffered at the hands of River fulminated him of the bench xeneize.
Now, Guillermo evaluates new options to direct, and one of them sounds with greater force than any other: the Atlanta United of Major League Soccer of the United States. The North American club, champion of the local league, has stopped counting on the Argentine technician Gerald `Tata' Martino, that's the reason why it initiated the search of his successor.
According to the newspaper Marca, Darren Eales and Carlos Bocanegra, president and sports director of Atlanta United respectively, traveled to Buenos Aires to meet with Guillermo Barros Schelotto, so the negotiation would be at a very advanced point.
If this recruitment is made the Argentine would be in known territory, because according to the Spanish media, Barros Schelotto was four years as a player of the Columbus Crew of MLS, club with which he left champion in 2008, the same year in which he was elected as the most valuable player in the tournament. On the other hand, the game system used by Guillermo (4-3-3) is very similar to the one used by Martino in the two seasons that he led to Atlanta, so the mutual adaptation would be easier.
The idyll ended: Guillermo Barros Schelotto must reinvent himself in another place, very possibly in the MLS, and Boca will have to reevaluate and restructure completely after the painful blow of the Copa Libertadores. The Blue and Gold must overcome a terrible and crucial situation never before lived in its history, and the first step is to say goodbye to an idol as Guillermo to undertake the search for a technician to turn this deep crisis.
LatinAmerican Post | Javier Aldana
Translated from "Estos son los técnicos candidatos a tomar el mando del Boca Juniors"