After a couple of years away from club football, Edgardo Bauza is back where it all began as Rosario Central confirm the former Argentina coach as their new manager.
A thoroughly disappointing season for El Canalla saw the Rosario giants finish 20th in the Superliga and suffer an early exit in the Copa Sudamericana so a change of approach was required.
Rumours of talks between the club and former player and manager Bauza were ongoing and on Thursday, Central confirmed that the 60-year-old was returning for a second stint in charge.
#PatonBienvenidoATuCasa 👣👏 ¡Es oficial! La Comisión Directiva selló el acuerdo para que Edgardo Bauza sea el nuevo Director Técnico de #RosarioCentralhttps://t.co/1ESWNlVxZu pic.twitter.com/3E96verdpD
— Rosario Central (@CARCoficial) May 17, 2018
One of the worst defences in the Argentinian top flight this season, Central perhaps shrewdly turn to a coach who knows the club and is adept at organising his sides and ensure that they are competitive.
El Patón’s dismal spell in charge of Argentina aside, where he admittedly looked out of his depth, his managerial career has been a success. A style that is unlikely to excite the neutral has proved incredible effective in South America, his Copa Libertadores triumphs with Liga de Quito and San Lorenzo are testament to that.
However, Bauza enjoyed moderate success with Central too, earlier in his career.
After retiring as the fourth highest scoring defender in history (behind Daniel Passarella, Franz Beckenbauer and Fernando Hierro) — the majority of which was played at Central — Bauza began coaching at the club.
Initially with the reserves before four years as an academy coach and then as the first team manager. It was in Rosario where Bauza first acquired his taste for the Copa Libertadores when he took El Canalla to the semi finals in 2001.
Spells with Vélez Sarsfield, Colón and Sporting Cristal followed but Bauza would end up being the only coach to win the Copa Libertadores with two sides from different countries and reach the semi-final stage with four teams.
A pragmatist, whose central idea is not to concede, may not sound too appealing but might be what Central need. Bauza is almost obsessively dedicated to the game and after frustrating spells with Argentina, UAE and Saudi Arabia will be desperate to prove his doubters wrong.