One champion out, some others enter the fray

César Luís Menotti, Argentina’s World Cup-winning manager in 1978, has resigned his charge of Mexican club Tecos UAG, preferring to keep his reasons to himself beyond talk of some ‘disagreements’ with directors. Argentine champions Lanús, meanwhile, had a happier time on Monday, beginning their pre-season training in earnest in Mar del Plata with a stable squad and – so far – only one reinforcement.

Menotti didn’t go into much more detail than to say he’d lost ‘the feeling of being in love’ that he’d had during his first days in charge of Tecos, after he took charge back in August. Tecos president Atonio Leaño described Menotti’s exit as ‘among the best of partings,’ whilst the man himself refused to respond to the exact reasons – the Mexican press reckon he had a disagreement with the board after they went over his head in trying to sign Uruguayan midfielder Marcelo Sosa. Menotti’s exit comes just under two weeks before the Mexican Clausura begins.

Lanús, meanwhile, were all smiles in the Atlantic resort known widely in Argentina as Mardel. Iván Macalick is their only new signing so far, having been signed from second division Ferro. Staying in a sea-view hotel not far from the resort, the squad is otherwise unchanged but for the exit of Marcos Aguirre, and are preparing for the 31st January, when they have their first competitive match of the year, the Copa Libertadores qualifier against Ecuadorian club Olmedo.

Yes, you’ve got it right – it’s a quiet news day in Argentina.

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