Ricardo Caruso Lombardi has stepped down as manager of Rosario club Newell’s Old Boys, one week before the start of the 2008 Torneo Apertura. The manager has left the club after ten-and-a-half months in charge, probably a result of a poor relationship with club president Eduardo López and certain senior players, although for his own part he refused to blame anyone publicly.
‘There’s no going back’ from this decision, according to Caruso Lombardi, who was hired last September with the objective of steering the club away from the relegation battle, a task he pulled off comfortably. Arguments with the directors this winter about transfer targets, though, were too much for him according to TyCSports‘ website. The fact that his resignation’s been handed in on the same day as Newell’s star striker Santiago Salcedo finally makes his way to River Plate may not be a coincidence (in my own thinking).
Olé claim that the favourite to replace Caruso at this point is Fernando Gamboa, an ex-defender and favourite with the club’s fans. Caruso had the following to say to the press: ‘It’s done. I’m no longer coach of Newell’s by mutual agreement with the president. The reasons for my exit will remain between me and the president. We know them but I’m not going to tell them.’