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.’