Olimpo lost their manager on Friday, Gustavo Echaníz stepping down from his charge of the Bahiense side, whilst Lanús are now starting to plan for life without their most successful ever boss – Ramón Cabrero has announced he’ll leave the club in June. The AFA, meanwhile, have been hard at work confusing Racing fans with doublespeak.
Echaníz had took over at Olimpo just a couple of weeks ago, after Roberto Saporiti resigned, and now leaves the side in the lurch – he tendered his resignation on Friday morning, and they’ve got a match against Colón this evening. It’s a good thing for him Olimpo are going down whatever happens, or some people might have had cause to get angry with him…
Cabrero’s resignation is rather less surprising, since the man who led Lanús to their first ever championship back in December has been widely expected not to stay much longer. There was talk, in January, of him taking over a Spanish club at the end of the season, but according to 26noticias.com.ar, he’s announced he wants to continue working for Lanús, in a different capacity. He’ll be succeeded in the manager’s seat by his current assistant, Luís Zubeldía.
And if the managerial merry-go-round wasn’t confusing enough for you, try making your way through this open letter from AFA President Julio Grondona to Racing’s members. Sent on the 18th April, the letter from Grondona addresses a number of issues brought up in letters and street protests by Racing fans in the last year or so, relating to the ownership and running of the club by Blanquiceleste S.A. The fans had written to Grondona on the 16th to ask for the AFA’s support in their protests, but Grondona’s letter merely states that the AFA are of the opinion that all clubs should be member-owned and run by elected boards, and that the AFA will respect the decision of the courts as to whether this should apply to Racing and Blanquiceleste S.A. No use of the words ‘however’, ‘but’ or ‘in spite of this’, you’ll notice.
I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again: Julio Grondona is a FIFA Vice-President. Make of this what you will.