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Tata Martino analyzes against the clock the offer to be DT of Boca and has one foot in La Bombonera


"There is not much time," the Rosario coach confessed to Clarín, given the proximity of the debut in the Copa Libertadores, next Thursday in Venezuela. The backstage of the negotiation.

“At this time, everything is a reason for analysis.

There isn't much time .


Gerardo Martino

speaks with


, apologizes because he cannot go into more detail, but acknowledges what is

vox populi

at this point : after six years abroad,


is seriously thinking about staying in the country.

Boca's challenge seduces him and this Thursday he could say "yes" to Juan Román Riquelme

, with whom he spoke on the phone a while after the dismissal of

Hugo Ibarra


And this Wednesday at noon he had a video call with the rest of the members of the Football Council.

The goal of the vice-president-idol's plan is for the 60-year-old coach to make his debut on Thursday, when the blue and gold illusion is launched against


in Maturín.


Copa Libertadores

, that obsession that the club has been pursuing for 16 years, was one of the reasons that prompted Román to throw out his friend and teammate and choose a level coach.


Barracas Central

, on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Olavarría and Luna,

Mariano Herrón

will direct .

Martino could attend the field to see the team in situ.

If the signing is delayed, which should be resolved before the weekend, the Reserve coach will travel to Venezuela.

But Román wants Martino to lead the team at the international baptism


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Why would


, who twice said "no" to Boca, this time agree to lead one of the biggest clubs in the country?

"He has everything to win,"

they say around him.

Also, and this is a key point,

he wants to be close to his family

, especially his grandson Mateo, almost 3 years old.

On Monday, March 20, the coach was in a box at the Marcelo Alberto Bielsa stadium to see Newell's win against San Lorenzo.

And he showed himself as a


grandfather .

He enjoys, during these hours, his days off at his house in the Jorge Cura neighborhood.

And if Rosario was always close, the Bombonera is only three hours away by car.

Martino is very identified with the red and black club, but he knows that there is a kidney coach.

Gabriel Heinze himself

seemed to give him the blessing

yesterday, when he spoke at a press conference and referred to the subject when asked by colleagues.

"The sense of belonging to Newell's will never be lost because of all the great things he did here," said the



And he added: “It is a personal decision, but he will always be identified with the club because of what he achieved as a player and also as a coach.

History is already written and that can never be erased, even if someone wants to dirty it”.

The economic proposal and the duration of the contract are important details, but for now they would not be an impediment.

As it is an election year in Boca, a clause must be taken into account.

The coaching staff has eight members:

Jorge Theiler


Norberto Scoponi


Sergio Giovagnoli

(field assistants);

Manuel Alfaro


Rodolfo Paladini

(physical trainers);

Gustavo Piñero

(goalkeeping coach);

Gustavo Dezotti

(rival analyst) and

Damián Silvero

(video analyst).

Gerardo Martino, Norberto Scoponi and part of their coaching staff in the Mexican National Team, during the last World Cup in Qatar 2022. Photo: AP / Moises Castillo.

It was a busy Wednesday.

While Martino was studying the proposal that Boca approached him, which would allow him to have revenge in a big team, Ibarra left a few words in his farewell.



chose to see the glass half full


“There are things that could not be achieved, but the balance is extremely positive.

In the eight months that I was there, discounting the World Cup stoppage, it was 6 months and every three months I came out champion, ”he said.

His departure was due to several reasons.

And there is a phrase from Ibarra himself, after the victory against Olimpo (2-1) in Chaco for the Argentine Cup, which explains Román's decision: "This is a political year."

It is true that Román is thinking about December and about elections that promise to be hot.

Because beyond the fact that he repeatedly said that he was going to win "85 to 15", the announcement that Mauricio Macri will leave the national scene and compete in the internal xeneize made noise inside.

The former President, as


was able to find out , does not rule out being head of the list.

Today, he supports Andrés Ibarra, who was secretary during his management at the club and was in charge of the Ministry of Modernization in the PRO government.


Riquelme was clear that Ibarra, who had not found a way around the team, did not guarantee him a great campaign either.

In fact, he had just lost two straight games in the local tournament (against Banfield and Instituto), and there were two other situations that pushed him to cut the link: the photo with


Di Zeo, which went viral last week, and

the whistles

that spread in the Bombonera after the fall (3 to 2) against the people of Cordoba.

Moreover, there is an eloquent image.

After La Gloria

's third goal

, at the start of the second half, Román turned around and left the box.

All an indication that the Ibarra cycle was finished.

The arrival of Martino will be a transfer of pressure for the squad.


has plenty of sheet metal


Source: clarin

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