Garnero and Menotti step down at Independiente

Independiente’s woeful start to the season has made Daniel Garnero the first manager of the 2010 Torneo Apertura to leave his post, after a meeting at which club president Julio Comparada was not present. Sporting director César Luis Menotti also stepped down, having suggested Garnero as manager to replace Américo Gallego in the first place. Fernando Gamboa and Gallego himself are the early favourites to take over as boss.

The weekend’s results left Independiente bottom of the table, and still without a win, whilst they haven’t even been able to console themselves with any really strong performances. The board of directors want to have a permanent replacement for Garnero by the weekend, when the team take on Gimnasia La Plata. As well as Gamboa, there are others in the running for the job; Jorge Fossatti, José Pekerman, Enzo Trossero and Néstor Gorosito are some of the biggest names, but it’s last season’s boss Gallego, who the fans have been chanting for all campaign, who’s the favourite to take over now, especially with Menotti’s resignation. Gallego and Menotti had a major war of words after the decision was made on the latter’s advice not to renew Tolo’s contract.

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