Even by the standards of Independiente it has been a tumultuous couple of weeks but following the high of lifting the Copa Sudamericana and the low of Ariel Holan’s departure, El Rojo were able to announce that the title winning coach has gone back on his resignation and will continue leading the club into 2018.
Less than one week ago, Ariel Holan delivered a bombshell on Independiente as supporters were still celebrating the club’s Copa Sudamericana triumph in the Maracaná. The 57-year-old announced that he would not be continuing due to concerns for his family over threats made by the barra bravas.
There were clearly problems with members of his backroom staff, namely trainer Alejandro Kohan, also but Holan kept that to himself and explained that his family were the priority and in the current situation he felt unable to carry on.
— C. A. Independiente (@Independiente) December 23, 2017
Following several years of disappointment and relegation in 2013, supporters were dismayed at the decision after a return to the Copa Libertadores had been secured and for the first time in seven years, a trophy had been added to the cabinet.
President Hugo Moyano and the board were forced to seek alternatives but discovered that finding a replacement would be complicated – Matias Almeyda, Antonio Mohamed, Pablo Guede and Eduardo Domínguez would all be difficult to persuade and with no realistic option in sight there was even talk of Walter Erviti retiring to take the role.
Moyano hadn’t given up hope and amid rumours that Holan was regretting his decision, the pair met to discuss the possibility of his continuation. Following those discussions, the club announced that the Copa Sudamericana winning coach would indeed be staying.
Quiero agradecer a la CD en la persona de su Presidente, Sr. Hugo Moyano por su predisposición y muy especialmente al Ministro de Seguridad de la Pcia BA, Sr. @cristianritondo, quien me aseguró la tranquilidad de mi familia y la mía.https://t.co/d7xbwlAShU
— Ariel Holan (@arielholan_DT) December 24, 2017