The postponement of the elections in Boca causes collateral damage that hits squarely in the planning of a 2024 that without the Copa Libertadores will be far from expected. However, beyond this sporting coup, it will also be full of obligations. At the local level, after a dark season, there will be an obligation to be protagonists in the League Cup - it will be played again in the first half of the year - and in the League. The same in the Copa Argentina. At the international level, although it may not be enough, the Copa Sudamericana is coming, which in addition to the trophy is a good source of dollars. Yesterday, for example, it was learned that the group stage will begin the first week of April and that the final, a single match, will be held on Saturday, November 23.
With this roadmap, the directors and the coach who will occupy the place left by Jorge Almirón and occupied on an interim basis and without much luck by Mariano Herrón (won 2, drew 1 and lost 1) will have to work. It is known, in the event that the formula headed by Andrés Ibarra and Mauricio Macri prevails at the polls - whenever the elections are held - the new technical director will be Martín Palermo. He will be seconded, according to what transpired in the last few hours, by Diego Cagna, another historic player of that team led by Carlos Bianchi that won everything it played in the first years of this century. They will have the mission of making a quick assessment of the squad to see what the weaknesses and strengths are to advance in the transfer market.
Martín Palermo will leave Platense for Boca if Ibarra wins. Photo: Marcelo Carroll.
A little less clear, curiously, is the scenario in case the partners bet on the continuity of the ruling party, now with the formula reversed, since Juan Román Riquelme will be the president and Jorge Amor Ameal, current boss, will remain as vice president. Riquelme, in his last media appearances, tired of repeating that he would announce the new coach the day after the elections. The resolution of this enigma, however, is now in the hands of Judge Alejandra Débora Abrevaya or an eventual appeal by Boca to try to reverse the precautionary ruling of justice.
In the event that the elections are postponed to next year and, as happened in Independiente and San Lorenzo, the current Board of Directors continues in power with an extended mandate, Riquelme has decided to put his foot on the accelerator and announce the name of the new coach that he has kept under seven keys. Who is it? It is known that one of the favorites of the idol vice president is Gabriel Milito, who is currently out of work since he suddenly resigned from his position at Argentinos Juniors. A key fact: so far there has been no contact with the Marshal.
Gabriel Milito, one of Riquelme's favourites. Photo: EFE
Another one who is liked and who also has the blessing of Carlos Bianchi, is Eduardo Domínguez, who is in charge of Estudiantes de La Plata, finalist of the Copa Argentina. It should be remembered that Domínguez is married to Brenda, the Viceroy's daughter. And in the folder there are always Diego Martínez, comfortable in Huracán, and Fernando Gago, who last played for Racing.
Further away and without precedent, but with some sympathy on the part of Riquelme and the Council, Fernando Redondo appears.
Regarding reinforcements, the opposition did not release names, while Román did talk about Arturo Vidal. And the Chilean yesterday made a nod on his Instagram account: he posted a couple of photos with a sweatshirt and blue and yellow sneakers.