Restructuring in Liniers

There’s change afoot at Vélez Sársfield. The vicepresident of the Liniers institution, Roberto Jiménez, who was also president of the Professional Football department of the club, had his resignation accepted on Wednesday after a disagreement with the rest of the board. ‘[The resignation] was of an un-declinable nature, so we decided to approve the resignations of Jiménez and of secretary Horacio Acevey,’ spokesman Alvaro Balestrini told Olé.

It leaves first-team manager Hugo Tocalli in a bit of a confusing situation going into the summer break. For one thing, it won’t be until the new year that he’s entirely sure who he’ll be answerable to, when the necessary adjustments are made to the board personell. One thing he won’t be doing, he insists, is asking for a top-class goalkeeper in the January sales, after Sebastián Peratta was ruled out for six months, tearing a knee ligament in training.

‘I want [Germán] Montoya to show what he can do in the coming months,’ Tocalli told the press, speaking of the former Belgrano goalkeeping favourite who was signed in October. What Tocalli does want is something a right-sided centre-back and a forward ‘who plays outside the box.’ Don’t we all? The names linked with the vacant position in the backline are Gustavo Cabral, the Racing stopper who could be leaving Avellaneda at the end of the year, and Matías Silvestre, who’s fallen down the pecking order at Boca lately.

Tocalli generally seems upbeat about the changes at the club, though, talking of starting a ‘new cycle’, and enthusing about the young players at the club. Given that this is the man who recently managed Argentina’s Under 20s to a world championship in Canada, you can be sure he’ll give that youth a chance. He’ll be hoping the board are in a good position to return the favour for him.

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