It might be holiday season and only a little over halfway through the Superliga season but it’s been all change at a number of Argentina’s biggest clubs.
Fresh from a victorious presidential campaign Jorge Amor Ameal confirmed the return of Miguel Ángel Russo as manager of Boca Juniors while 24 hours later than planned due to an administrative oversight Racing Club put pen to paper on Sebastián Beccacece’s Avellaneda switch.
Neither move came as any surprise having been all but done deals for a week or so since both Gustavo Alfaro departed La Bombonera and Eduardo Coudet left Racing for Brazilian club Internacional. However, it wasn’t until Monday that Boca made Russo’s return official and Racing initially planned to present Beccacece. That was before realising the paperwork wasn’t complete and a Tuesday press conference instead sealing the former Independiente manager’s swift move from the red to the blue side of Avellaneda.
Boca’s Copa Libertadores semi-final defeat to River Plate ultimately sealed Alfaro’s fate and with a new regime in charge at La Bombonera a new era has been ushered in. Familiarity however is key and new vice-president Juan Román Riquelme will have been central in selecting Miguel Ángel Russo as the new manager.
¡Bienvenido, Miguel! pic.twitter.com/7PzsHkgUJb
— Boca Jrs. Oficial (@BocaJrsOficial) December 30, 2019
Russo lifted the Libertadores as Boca manager in 2007 with Riquelme as the talismanic number ten and the pair will be aiming to construct a team capable of lifting title number seven in 2020.
“I always had the dream of returning to Boca again. The previous coaches who were lucky enough to win the Copa Libertadores have returned,” Russo told reporters.
“Hopefully I can win the Copa Libertadores and celebrate in La Bombonera,” he added.
The 63-year-old was Cerro Porteño manager as they lost to River Plate in the Libertadores quarter-finals this year and was Alianza Lima coach before that prior to his most recent trophies with Millonarios in Colombia.
Russo may not be the exciting appointment that Boca supporters had hoped for but is a respected figure selected by the beloved Riquelme so as the club resume the Superliga season in second, the atmosphere at least is far more positive.
— Racing Club 🏆 (@RacingClub) December 30, 2019