The uncertainty surrounding the date of the elections did not alter the plans that Juan Román Riquelme had proposed for football. Beyond the fact that at the beginning of this week the Justice would define whether it will be voted on Sunday 17 or will only be possible in 2024, the idol vice president chose the coach and is already thinking about the additions.
And although Martín Palermo is waiting in the catholes in the event that Andrés Ibarra wins, Diego Martínez is already starting to try on the trainer's jumpsuit. The talks progressed to such a point and the former hooker has so much confidence in him that he even offered him a two-year contract.
Of course, there will be a special clause in the agreement. If the ruling party loses at the polls, Martinez will be disaffected. Once the judicial process is defined, as president-elect or waiting for the elections to take place, Riquelme will make official the arrival of the coach with whom he had been chatting for more than two years.
There is a friendship between the former Tigre and Huracán coach and Roman. However, the paths had not crossed until now. Martinez told David Garzón, president of Globo, that his dream was to grab the Primera de Boca.
After all, the 45-year-old former midfielder had worked with Jorge Raffo in the lower divisions. Among the boys he directed are Valentín Barco, Equi Fernández, Marcelo Weigandt, Vicente Taborda, Aaron Molinas, Alan Varela, Agustín Sández and Luca Langoni, among others. Meet the blue and gold cloth.
Martinez's operation began on Nov. 5, a day after Boca lost to Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro. Beyond the fact that Jorge Almirón had not yet submitted his resignation, Riquelme was clear that his cycle was over. What's more, the relationship had recently broken down. Mauricio Serna contacted Luciano Krikorián, the coach's agent and friend. Afterwards, there was a communication between the vice president and Martinez prior to the defeat against Estudiantes in the semifinals of the Copa Argentina. Roman's offer came once the elimination was confirmed. On Monday, the coach said "yes" to the number 10 and began to prepare the ground for his departure from Huracán.
It would be the first time Roman has bet on a coach in the long term. Miguel Angel Russo renewed his contract after one year in office. Sebastián Battaglia and Hugo Ibarra jumped out of the Reserve. Almirón barely lasted seven months.
Why did he propose two years to Martinez? According to Clarín, Riquelme believes that it is time to hold a process, since Boca will not play in the Libertadores, that "toxic obsession". However, all the chips are set on the Sudamericana, a tournament they won in 2004 and 2005.
At the same time, Román is making arrangements for Arturo Vidal and Ever Banega, two veteran but current footballers. They would be his first two reinforcements. And he even met with Carlos Bianchi to become a sort of technical secretary, honorary president, "or whatever I wished," the leader's entourage told Clarín.
If the elections are held next Sunday and the Riquelme-Jorge Amor Ameal ticket is consecrated, that same day, or no later than the 18th, he will officially announce Martinez as Almiron's successor. If this week the Court of Appeals upholds the injunction of Judge Alejandra Abrevaya, who decided to suspend the elections, it will do so immediately. Beyond the specter of the intervention, he doesn't want to waste time.