There’s been some transfer or other in Manchester (I’ll let Seba fill you in on that), but of more immediate concern to the domestic scene, Miguel Angel Russo has resigned as manager of Rosario Central, the day after guiding them safely through the relegation playoff against Belgrano de Córdoba.
Russo actually enjoyed a winning spell at El Gigante del Arroyito – five wins, four losses and two draws from his eleven matches in charge – but failed to reach agreement with Central president Horacio Usandizaga over plans for next season. The former Boca boss had reportedly been promised a contract offer similar to his terms at La Bombonera (US$800,000 per annum) and the backing to put together a squad which would compete at the right end of the table during the Apertura.
It seems the board weren’t in agreement with his plans for that squad, though. They met immediately after the 1-1 home draw with Belgrano on Sunday which, following Wednesday’s 1-0 away win, secured the club’s Primera A survival for another season. The expected accord not having been reached, Russo leaves and Central will need to find a new manager pronto if they want to get a pre-season together that will help them to hit the ground running at the start of the Apertura.
Edgardo Bauza – manager of LDU Quito’s Copa Libertadores-winning team twelve months ago – is the man Usandizaga is understood to have at the top of his wish list, but it’ll be very hard to lure the former crowd favourite back to the club of his boyhood. Rumours that talks had already taken place on Monday morning were scotched by the board, but this is thought to be because they received a reply in the negative. Claudio Ubeda and Leonardo Astrada are among the favourites for the job now.