It’s been a funny old year for Ángel Cappa and Huracán. After a storming Torneo Clausura in which they were robbed of the title only on the last day by some appalling officiating, they’ve fallen away drastically in the second half of the year. Cappa tried to resign last week, but the players talked him out of it. On Tuesday though, he did it again. And this time he’s not changing his mind. After the Torneo Apertura ends, El Globo will be looking for a new boss.
The entry in Cappa’s blog on Tuesday began by stating that that; ‘At times like this there’s nothing one can say, because nothing can justify such poor performances [Monday had seen Cappa’s side thrashed 4-1 by Gimnasia La Plata]. I’m as much to blame as the players and in any other team I would have to leave. I understand there are some people who have begun to ask for my resignation. They do so respectfully, for sure, but it’s logical that they ask for it.’
A week ago Cappa first presented his resignation to Huracán president Carlos Babington, but the squad made clear their support for him and he was talked into staying on. He’ll make way at the end of 2009, after finding results too hard to come by following the exits of Javier Pastore to Palermo and (more controversially) Matías Defederico to Corinthians. Having made his announcement, Cappa will begin preparing his team for Saturday’s clásico against San Lorenzo. He may be leaving under a cloud, but his successor will have to go some way to give Huracán fans the kind of memories of good football they had for the first half of the year.