The likes of Diego Simeone, Mauricio Pochettino, Eduardo Berizzo and Mauricio Pellegrino have all received well earned praise over the last season or so in Europe. Argentina may have been an institutional mess in recent years with the youth sides suffering but the country continues to produce good coaches and there could be a few more former Argentina internationals-turned-managers ready for the leap in the not too distant future.
Marcelo Gallardo – current manager of River Plate
River Plate are grateful to still have one of South America’s best coaches when it had looked at the end of the last season that Marcelo Gallardo may opt to call it a day after a trophy-laden three years at the Monumental.
Persuaded to have another crack at the Copa Libertadores, El Muñeco remains with the club having already lifted the trophy in 2015, to go with the Copa Sudamericana, two Recopa Sudamericanas and a Copa Argentina.
A tricky attacking midfielder in his playing days, Gallardo was part of a successful River side in the 1990s before leaving for Monaco and lifting the Ligue 1 title. Retiring in Uruguay with Nacional, the 41-year-old remained with the club as manager and led them to the championship, proving to be an astute tactician.
Regardless of winning the Libertadores again, Gallardo’s time at River is counting down and he seems destined for a job in Europe.
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