Monday, January 25, 2010

1/25/2010: Guillermo Candidate For Boca Juniors Head Coach Spot; Declines For Now.

Boca coach Alfio Basile and Guillermo's manager/buddy Carlos Bianchi are out of Boca. Most of Boca wants GBS as the managerial replacement, but GBS declines until retirement.

According to Terra and just about every publication in Argentina, apparently Boca Juniors is looking at Guillermo Barros Schelotto as one of three possible candidates as new manager to replace Alfio Basile, who quit after a recent loss. One problem for them, Guillermo Barros Schelotto is with the Massive club, on the field, at least for another year.

For now, at least, Boca Juniors is likely to have Abel Alves take over the club, likely until the end of Boca's season in June. And, then see if they can make a move for Guillermo Barros Schelotto or someone else, such as Diego Cagna.

However it appears likely that Guillermo will honor his contract with the Crew and then look to coaching after this year, perhaps, if the Crew don't renew his option for 2011. El clarin makes this point:
If you make a consultation among the leaders, the winner for head coach would be, Barros Schelotto. But the Twin already declined the position for two reasons: 1) Just renewed contract with the Columbus Crew of the United States until this year. 2) think it would be irresponsible to take on the club at such a sensitive time, with the championship about to start and without the coaching role defined.

Furthermore, Guillermo's former coach/buddy Carlos Bianchi also resigned from a leading management position in the club as of yesterday, which makes the Boca Juniors stituation look like a bit of a perilious mess today.

Overall, Guillermo has the rest of his life to be a coach. On the other hand, Guillermo has only so much time left to be a player, a year, possibly two. GBS knows this and knows he will get his opportunity to be a coach down the road whether it is here or at Boca, or elsewhere. Further, if Guillermo Barros Schelotto is so wanted now, he will be in demand one or two years down the road as well. Especially, with Boca's penchant for old players as managers and especially at the rate they go through their managers.

So, I wouldn't be too concerned about the Boca position being too much of a lure for GBS at the moment. Nevertheless, it will be one when he retires from football.

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