Claudio Borghi’s resignation following the weekend’s latest defeat came as no surprise given that Argentinos Juniors are in real danger of missing out on promotion, in a season where that is simply unacceptable. Moving quickly to replace club legend Borghi, Argentinos have turned to another familiar face in Néstor Gorosito. The 50-year-old begins his third spell in charge of Los Bichos with one aim – return to the Primera.
The Argentinos Juniors website confirmed the appointment of Pipo Gorosito earlier ahead of Wednesday night’s crucial match against Boca Unidos.
Club President, Luis Segura said, “We are totally confident in the ability of Gorosito and these players. I have no doubt that if we are all together,with unity and commitment, we will stand. This is a time to support and join to get ahead.”
It is a time for support but after a run of only one win in nine matches and having scored only 6 goals all season, the patience of the fans has been truly tested. A side boasting the talents of Juan Roman Riquelme should not be finding goals so hard to come by and it is this lack of cutting edge that is costing them dearly.
Gorosito will have no time to adjust and results are needed immediately. This is perhaps why Segura wanted someone who knew the club and the demands.
Gorosito first took charge of Argentinos during the 2007-08 season and guided the side to the Semi Finals of the Copa Sudamericana. After impressing he moved to River Plate, where he started his playing career and managed River but left a year later with the side bottom of the table.
He briefly returned to Argentinos in 2011 but some months afterwards, he was involved in a serious car accident and was forced to step down. This then is his third spell at the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona and despite playing in the Nacional B is a big test.
Gorosito took his first training session today and will need to get his points across quickly if they are to make any sort of impact before Wednesday evening.
Speaking to the press, Pipo said “I have much respect for Borghi. It hurts to much to replace a person as good as he is.”
Looking forward to Wednesday’s match he added, “I want to see several boys tomorrow (in training) and also watch videos of Boca Unidos and then determine the team. We must exploit players as Lenis, Ramirez and Iñiguez. The important thing is that we have material.
And then of course the question came of Argentinos’ most famous player: “Riquelme? I already talked to him, I am not a friend but I have good relationship. I am his admirer.”
We will see on Wednesday night. With Boca Unidos currently holding the fifth and final playoff spot, it is a massive opportunity for Argentinos Juniors. Already seven points adrift they can ill afford to lose any more ground.