Despite reaching the Transición Final and already beginning preparations for the new season, Pablo Guede has resigned from San Lorenzo after only six months in charge.
The 41-year-old had a difficult start to life in Bajo Flores which resulted in the club’s early exit from the Copa Libertadores but Los Cuervos had begun to show signs of progress over the second half of last season and despite the heavy defeat to Lanús in the final, there appeared to be a decent foundation for the future.
However, Guede tendered his resignation on Wednesday morning amid reported disagreements with the club’s leadership.
The major difference of opinion appears to be over the continuation of veteran midfielder Juan Mercier.
Guede told the club that the 36-year-old had no part in his plans and he desired a new defensive midfielder but president Matías Lammens has reportedly already confirmed that a new one-year deal will be signed with the player.
The club and the now ex-coach have also not seen eye to eye on their list of transfer targets during this window and some have speculated that Chilean club Colo Colo may have contacted Guede over a possible return to the league where he previously enjoyed success with Palestino.
One potential hitch for Guede and any potential new employer is the termination clause in his contract of $1.5 million which was inserted when he took over from Edgardo Bauza in December.
There is a suspicion that a lucrative offer from the Middle East might be on the table and Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr have been mentioned as a possible suitor.
So, with preseason training due to start San Lorenzo must find a new coach and there are already a number of names buzzing around.
Former Racing boss Diego Cocca is an early front runner given that he is still a free agent since leaving Avellaneda but Ricardo Zielinski and Rubén Cousillas, who was Manuel Pellegrini’s assistant at Manchester City are also in the frame.