Racing sack Vivas

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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5 thoughts on “Racing sack Vivas

  1. such an uninspired choice to put russo into the hot seat, eh? the man has been in steady decline! it almost sounds like the same reasoning used with caruso… russo brings the relegation playoff experience from rosario central not so long ago?

    1. This should be the acid test for Russo. “Steady decline”, well maybe, though that could be said about 3/4 of the coaches in Argentina at any given time ! Russo never got credit for winning the Libertadores at Boca and was unceremoniously booted by the administration that took over after Macri left. If you want to talk “steady decline”, now Boca since Macri has been in steady decline.

      Good luck to Russo. I always liked him. I always thought he was too much of a class act for many Boca followers. That and the George Hamilton tan.

      1. Not so much George Hamilton, I always thought Russo to be what Freddie Mercury would have been like if he’d been a football coach.

        Was Angel Cappa another candidate? Well, unless Cappa could dip into the reserves and discover another Pastore and another De Fed, Russo is probably more the pragmatist that is needed in this situation.

        Good luck to him.

    1. Eh? Just turned on the PC and he’s still there with his fabulous hair.
      But it’s a shame how quickly Lanús have declined. I saw their match against Banfield and they were horrendous. Yet for periods they outplayed Boca, and could really have gone to town against Argentinos before collapsing.
      All of a sudden, they seem more famous for sendings off than the quality of football – Pellettieri’s just gone. Zubeldia probably will go now…

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