Jorge Almirn take the “personal decision” of not continuing to coach Boca Juniors after lose the final of the Copa Libertadores against Fluminense (1-2) in Rio de Janeiro.
According to what the club communicated “to members and supporters” on its social networks, the 52-year-old coach reported “after 9 p.m.” (00:00 GMT) that both he and his coaching staff, with a contract valid until the end of the season, , “they had made the personal decision not to continue as coaches.”
“Our institution appreciates the services provided by all of them and wishes them the greatest success for the future,” added the message posted on the club’s profile on the X social network.
According to the local press, the coach met at the Boca Juniors grounds, in Ezeiza (Buenos Aires province), upon returning from Brazil, with the club’s vice president, former soccer player Juan Román Riquelme, to express his intention.
In addition to the defeat itself in the clash, which could have meant the seventh Copa Libertadores for Xeneize, the palpable discomfort within the team due to some decisions made this Saturday by Almirn during the final would have been the trigger for his departure.
One of the most annoying players was defender Nicols Figal, who did not wait for the match to end and, when he was replaced in the 112th minute by his teammate Bruno Valdez, he expressed angrily in front of the television cameras: “I can’t believe you.”
The Auriazul squad is scheduled to train this Monday at 3:00 p.m. local time with a view to this Wednesday’s duel against San Lorenzo, corresponding to the League Cup.
This rival was precisely the first he had in his cycle as Auriazul coach, last April.
It is unknown if Mariano Herrán, who already assumed the interim position after the departure of Hugo Ibarra last March in the debut in the Libertadores 2023 against the Venezuelan Monagas (0-0), will be in charge of management until the end of the season or another will arrive. technical
Boca Juniors, very poorly placed in the League Cup, in which they are seven points away from the positions that allow them to play in the playoffs for the title, are playing in this final part of the campaign to access the Copa Libertadores 2024 .
At the moment, according to the Annual Table, it is in the Sudamericana zone and three points from the Libertadores positions.
In addition, he is qualified for the semifinals of the Argentine Cup, which he must play this month against Estudiantes de La Plata.
Almirn arrived as coach at Boca Juniors on April 10 to replace Ibarra, who had led the Auriazul team since July 2022 and who was fired on March 28 of this year.
Without a doubt, the main objective this year at the La Ribera club was to reach the seventh Copa Libertadores in the history of Boca, which has not won since 2007 – against the Brazilian Gremio – and whose last final – before the one it lost last night – It was 2018, when they lost to River Plate.
After almost 20 years as a midfielder in teams from Argentina, Chile and Mexico, Almirn began his career as a coach in the latter country, where he had played for 13 seasons.
In his history as a coach, there are the Mexicans Dorados, Veracruz, Tijuana and Correcaminos, the Argentine Defensa y Justicia, Godoy Cruz, Lans, San Lorenzo and Independiente, the Spanish Elche, the Colombian Atlético Nacional and the Saudi Al-Shabab.
Without a doubt, his most notable stage was the one he lived at Lans, with which he won three local titles in 2016 and reached the final of the 2017 Copa Libertadores, which his team lost to Gremio.
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