Basile resigns

Breaking news from the AFA: Alfio Basile has met with AFA bigwigs, and TN are reporting as I type that he’s resigned from his post in charge of the selección. Olympic coach Sergio Batista, River Plate manager Diego Simeone, and San Lorenzo boss Miguel Angel Russo are the early favourites to replace him.

‘He had his mind totally made up, he was very convinced that he wanted to go,’ AFA spokesman Ernesto Cherquis Bialo is telling TN as I type. ‘We have time before naming a new manager. We have a friendly in Scotland in November, and a match at home to Venezuela in the World Cup qualifiers on the 28th of March,’ he continued, pointing out that ‘it’s too early [to name a new manager now]. It’s the start of the weekend, we have to wait until the 21st at least.’ With Simeone’s name in the reckoning, he’s not wrong. The superclásico on Sunday just got a tiny bit more interesting.

Simeone has yet to talk, but Batista was already interviewed earlier in the day about the possibility of taking charge, and told the press that, ‘I feel totally ready to take charge of the seniors, if I’m given the chance.’

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10 Responses to Basile resigns

  1. atul b says:

    Any thoughts on Daniel Passarella??? Or maybe even carlos ischia that way we can then have Coco back at La bombonera!!!!

  2. Passarella? I think I’ve probably got as much chance of getting the job, after the way his most recent spell at River went. And I’m English. I’d expect the AFA to go for someone who’s not had the job before, a totally fresh face as it were. Ischia would be a wildcard to say the least…

  3. Tom Clark says:

    How about the ever dyspeptic, still unapologetically chainsmoking R. LaVolpe, currently smoldering at Monterrey–this week he announced that his next league opponent, Tigres, plays so badly he’d rather go shopping than have to endure watching them–who can at least be counted on to promise in advance to immediately resign should a superior side he coaches lose an important match (as he did a few years ago at Boca)?

    Tom C.

  4. john says:

    I’m sorry Tom, LaVolpe was never a success story in Argentina.

  5. johnny says:

    I’m guessing Tom was being sarcastic about La Volpe ! What a disaster !

  6. volvé Bilardo… volvé!!!

  7. Tom Clark says:

    Johnny guessed right, that was a weak attempt at gallows humor. The joke, in case others besides John missed it, was proposing the absolutely worst-case scenario. Has any other Argentine manager crashed worse than La Volpe at Boca–given the circumstance, the expectations and the actual (non) performance? But oddly enough, after RLV’s predictable burnout in the impossibly demanding Mexico job, the even more unpopular performance of his successor Hugo Sanchez made RLV look much better in rosy-colored hindsight–as McClaren made Eriksson look better in England’s rearview– so that now RLV is working again in Mexico–as was Eriksson in England before lately moving up to RLV’s erstwhile Mexico job. Odd how the unfolding of events retrospectively causes mood-ring changes in public (and maybe owner) perception of managers’ status: yesterday’s villain becoming today’s hero and then, in time, sliding back again. Thus, myself, I would like to see Pekerman back in an Argentina job (don’t shoot me). And what about Americo Gallego? Ramon Diaz?

  8. Tom Clark says:

    Johnny guessed right, that was a weak attempt at gallows humor. The joke, in case others besides John missed it, was proposing the absolutely worst-case scenario. Has any other Argentine manager crashed worse than La Volpe at Boca–given the circumstance, the expectations and the actual (non) performance? But oddly enough, after RLV’s predictable burnout in the impossibly demanding Mexico job, the even more unpopular performance of his successor Hugo Sanchez made RLV look much better in rosy-colored hindsight–as McClaren made Eriksson look better in England’s rearview– so that now RLV is working again in Mexico–as was Eriksson in England before lately moving up to RLV’s erstwhile Mexico job. Odd how the unfolding of events retrospectively causes mood-ring changes in public (and maybe owner) perception of managers’ status: yesterday’s villain becoming today’s hero and then, in time, sliding back again. Thus, myself, I would like to see Pekerman back in an Argentina job (don’t shoot me). And what about Americo Gallego? Ramon Diaz?

    Tom

  9. Bostero Forever says:

    Clarin’s cover greeted this morning Miguel Angel Russo as the new Argentina’s coach.
    Amazing.

  10. Andrew says:

    Gotta give Basile credit on this… Everyone could see that there was a disconnect between him and the players and the results weren’t good since the Copa America. Time for a new manager with some new ideas. Basile realized it, too.

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