That’s not much of a news story, I know, but Carlos Ischia has now dotted the ‘i’s and crossed the ‘t’s on the paperwork that sees his reign as Boca Juniors manager come to an end. He’ll say goodbye to the players on Wednesday. Boca’s weekend conquerors, meanwhile, got some nice presents on Tuesday from former Argentine president Néstor Kirchner.
Racing fan Kirchner – husband and predecessor to the country’s current president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – had promised the Racing squad that if they beat Boca on Sunday, he’d deliver some fancy electricals to their training ground as a reward, and he was as good as his word after their 3-0 win. If they lose this coming weekend they could blame him for disrupting their training regime; he insisted on turning up in his helicopter, to which end the team had to re-arrange their training schedule.
The reward was four 32″ LCD televisions, for which Racing’s squad held a raffle to decide the lucky recipients. Lucas Aveldaño, José Chatruc, Rubén Ramírez and Claudio Yacob were the fortunate four. One more so than most – whilst all four did feature in the match, Chatruc only played the last three minutes plus stoppage time, after replacing Franco Zuculini.
At Boca, Ischia’s reward for his own part in the same match was the finalising of the contractual niceties which see an end to his time in charge. His final training session was, like Racing’s Tuesday meet-up, an eventful one: Christian Chávez celebrated his birthday, whilst former players Jesús Dátolo (now with Napoli) and Fabián Monzón (Real Betis) popped in to say hello. Ischia will be in on Wednesday morning, but only to say goodbye. For the last two matches of the Clausura, he’ll be replaced by reserve boss Abel Alves, before Coco Basile takes charge over the winter break.