The Independent leadership was waiting for an answer. Hugo Moyano and company had been excited about receiving the “yes” from Nicolás Burdisso to take over as the new manager of the club, but the former Boca sports secretary responded negatively, after taking a few days to analyze the offer made on Wednesday of last week in a face-to-face meeting with the general secretary, Hector Maldonado. And now? With no plan B in sight, for now the position will remain vacant and the next coach will be chosen by the Board of Directors, which has Hernán Crespo as the main candidate already Diego Dabove, who left Argentinos Juniors, as a quick option.
The idea they had in Avellaneda was diluted before the first “no”. This time they wanted to hire a manager so that he was the one who would define the next DT after not having renewed the bond with Lucas Pusineri. Therefore, one day before leaving Pusi, there was a personal meeting with Burdisso.
The talk lasted three hours and the feeling that remained on the red side was one of optimism. However, Burdisso did not accept, beyond seeing with good eyes working in the country. Although he was interested in being noticed by a great from Argentina, Independiente’s situation did not seem conducive to assume. It is, among other things, an electoral year with the Moyanos questioned and without a loose budget. In addition, the link would have been for 12 months and everything was subject to the December elections to continue or not with his project.
Nicolás Burdisso rejected Independiente’s proposal. Photo: Guillermo Rodriguez Adami
This rejection caused a rethinking of the scenario among managers. Gabriel Milito was another popular name for the position, but the Marshal he prefers to continue directing for the moment. And the other options (Daniel Montenegro, Nicolás Frutos, Bruno Marioni) do not convince everyone.
After a block meeting held this Tuesday, it was concluded that they will not hire a manager just to complete the position, and that if someone whose project convinces, as Burdisso’s did, is not found, the place will remain vacant at the moment.
This, of course, means that the decision of the new coach falls exclusively in the hands of the leadership, as it happened during the entire Moyano administration. “There is still nothing firm. The idea is not to rush,” they warn from Avellaneda. This Wednesday there will be a CD meeting and news could arise.
Managers will have to agree on one point: wait for Hernán Crespo or press the accelerator for another. Why Valdanito He is fully involved in Defense and Justice, which is currently contesting the semifinal of the Copa Sudamericana. If he reaches the final, he will only be able to sit down to talk after January 23
The DT they are looking for in Red: Hernán Crespo. Photo: EFE
In that case, the preseason should start under the command of Fernando Berón, since the squad will meet again on Thursday 21 at Villa Domínico. It is not ruled out that this happens, taking into account that the figure of Crespo is of great interest, in addition, because his physical trainer is Alexander Kohan, champion with Ariel Holan of the South American 2017.
Kohan left a great memory in the Devil and always expressed a wish to work there again at some point. And a large part of that coaching staff is also made up of people from that time who were crowned with an international title.
The other option is to turn the search towards another candidate who can assume shortly. Diego Dabove, which resigned in Argentinos, now becomes a drinkable name. Uruguayans Diego Alonso and Diego Aguirre are the names that were thrown on the table as variants. And Fernando Gago, who has Federico Insúa in a working group, is a distant possibility for now.