Just four matches into the new championship, the first manager of 2010 has lost his job. Racing Club have lost three matches in a row since winning on the opening weekend, most recently on Saturday against relegation rivals Gimnasia La Plata. The three points claimed by Gimnasia mean that they’re only a win away from dragging Racing into the direct relegation places, and the Academia board felt they needed to act sooner rather than later – Claudio Vivas has been sacked.
Juan Barbas will take charge of training for the week to come, but there are two clear favourites to be the next manager: Diego Cagna is one, who left Tigre at the end of the Apertura after an incredible three years with them during which he helped them gain promotion to the top flight before leading them to not one but two second-place finishes. Leonardo Madelón – who until last year was, ironically, boss at Racing’s vanquishers of Saturday, Gimnasia – is the other candidate, according to Olé.
After a summer break during which the board had shown their father in Vivas by bringing in replacements of the calibre of Claudio Bieler, Gabriel Hauche and Roberto Ayala, it’s surprising to see Vivas go so soon, but after he told the press he could ‘understand’ the insults of a group of Racing fans following Saturday’s defeat, it seems the board asked for his resignation and he refused to give it. Whoever his replacement is will have a baptism of fire: three of Racing’s next four matches are clásicos; at home to San Lorenzo, then away to Avellaneda rivals Independiente, before visiting Boca after hosting Huracán.
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