Well, that’s how Independiente’s fans seem to be viewing the 1-1 draw against Boca Juniors in La Bombonera on Sunday. The reaction at the club’s training ground (where some fans held a protest on Monday) has been one of hysteria, more in keeping with a 7-0 home loss than an away draw. And it’s put Pedro Troglio under yet more pressure.
Independiente head honcho Julio Comparada has made his usual, increasingly unconvincing, noises about respecting the manager’s contract and so on. Behind the scenes, though, things are already being prepared for the manager’s departure at the end of the Clausura (if not before). Comparada did claim that ‘if for any reason [Troglio] decides to leave the club, we’re going to replace him with someone from inside the current setup,’ in response to questions about whether he’d been talking to other managers behind Troglio’s back.
The man from inside the club, apparently, is Miguel Angel ‘Pepe’ Santoro, who won 10 titles with the club as a goalkeeper and has previously acted as caretaker manager on three ocassions. Furthermore, he’s actually managed an Independiente side to an away victory against Boca – the reserves beat their counterparts 2-0 in the Casa Amarilla, Boca’s training complex (La Bombonera remains a fortress at all levels for El Rojo). Independiente may have a small problem: Santoro’s just signed a contract with the AFA to begin coaching goalkeepers at all youth levels for the selección.
Comparada’s press appearance, he claimed, was made because, ‘when there are complicated times, [the president] should show his face.’ A slightly less hysterical reaction might also be a good idea, because Troglio surely can’t be solely to blame if Independiente suffer a further dip in form.