Well, okay. Not quite yet. But one of the candidates for River Plate’s presidential elections at the end of this year has just revealed an almighty ace from his sleeve. Rodolfo D’Onofrio – an economist whose father was a director of the Argentine FA in the early 1970s – has confirmed that, should he win the elections, he already knows who’ll be the new manager. And it’s a name a few River fans have wanted for a while – Enzo Francescoli.
As of right now, there aren’t many details about the exact nature of the deal which are known, but Francescoli has become something of a rallying point for River fans who’ve become disaffected of José María Aguilar’s presidency (which is to say, all River fans). He’s consistently denied that he’d have any interest in becoming involved in the club’s politics, even though he’s been asked many times whether he’d consider standing for the presidency of the club himself, but now the Uruguayan, considered by many to be River’s greatest ever player, and after whom Zinédine Zidane’s son is named, is finally putting his weight behind one of the candidates.
Other men who are campaigning for the River presidency include more familiar names such as Daniel Passarella, as well as Hugo Santilli and Antonio Caselli. If nothing else, it’s difficult to see how Aguilar’s going to keep his hold. Not, that is, that he would have done without Francescoli’s endorsement for one of the candidates.