It isn’t yet confirmed but with #AlfaroTraidor (Alfaro Traitor) trending on Twitter, Gustavo Alfaro has made himself public enemy number one in Parque Patricios by quitting Huracán amid rumours that the 56-year-old is poised to take the top job with Buenos Aires behemoths Boca Juniors.
Since it was confirmed that Guillermo Barros Schelotto would not be continuing at Boca in 2019, speculation regarding the back-to-back league champion’s successor was rife but with the likes of Gabriel Heinze, José Pekerman and Ricardo Gareca all distancing themselves from the role, president Daniel Angelici and new sporting director Nicolás Burdisso have been forced to look elsewhere.
That would appear to have led them to Alfaro and as the links only grew stronger, the Huracán manager opted to make his position clear by handing in his notice with El Globo, thanking and apologising to supporters for his sudden change of heart.
‘This was a very complex decision for me, both emotionally and for sporting reasons,’ Alfaro explained in his post to social media.
Gustavo Alfaro says thanks & farewell to Huracán as the 56-year-old is a step away from being named the new Boca Juniors manager pic.twitter.com/IshDXc31KC
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‘I’ve had a wonderful and unforgettable 18 months at the club and felt a lot of respect and support from the moment I arrived.
‘The reasons are not easy to explain or perhaps to accept. I know that this is not easy to understand or accept when analyzed from passion rather than with reason.
‘I know there will be people who are hurt, let down and disappointed and I know that in this profession, coaches are not immune to public derision.’
Alfaro went on to thanks Huracán president Alejandro Nadur, all the staff and his players but there was a realisation in the experienced coach’s words that his bridges have been burned at the club.
‘I know that maybe next time we meet the words will be insults. I know it will hurt and I know the cost of my decision. This was not a simple decision but today with pain I feel that I have to leave. Thanks Huracán, with pain I say goodbye.’