San Lorenzo suffered the loss of their manager Diego Simeone on Saturday afternoon following another loss at home, this time to Gimnasia La Plata. Their directors wasted no time naming Simeone’s replacement though, confirmed Sebastián Méndez as first-team manager for the remainder of the season. The Colombian was a member of the San Lorenzo side which won the Torneo Clausura back in 2007, and had retired from football after winning another title with Banfield back in December.
Banfield boss Julio César Falcioni had apparently approached Méndez after his retirement about the possibility of the defender joining the Banfield technical team, but El Gallego asked for some time to consider his options first. Since his championship win as a key member of Ramón Díaz’s side in the first short tournament covered by HEGS, Méndez has remained popular with San Lorenzo fans, and has maintained a good relationship with the club’s president Rafael Savino.
His most memorable moment in a San Lorenzo shirt came when he tried to snap then-River Plate forward Radamel Falcao García in two in a bad-tempered clásico, but Méndez now becomes the Argentine Primera‘s second youngest manager (Lanús boss Luis Zubeldía, amazingly, is still only 29), and his first match in charge of San Lorenzo will be on Wednesday… against Banfield. Welcome to management, Gallego.
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