Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Russo Under Pressure to Keep Boca Job

It was only a month or so ago that the future of River Plate manager Daniel Passarella was called into question, but after River's victory in the Super Clasico, the roles had been reversed with Boca manager Miguel Angel Russo now the one under pressure.

The derby defeat was followed by a 1-1 home draw with Estudiantes, which has seen Boca fall three points behind in the title chase, with River Plate also now only two points behind their big rivals.

The Argentine press now believe that Russo has seven games to prove he is the man to lead Boca into next year. There are five games remaining in the Torneo Apertura, which Boca must surely pick up at least four wins from if they are to crowned champions. After that, Boca fly to Japan for the Club World Championship, where hopes are high for a good performance.

To further complicate matters, the Boca Juniors presidential elections are held in December. With the man who hired Russo, Mauricio Macri, most likely on the way out, it is likely the new president will want to stamp their authority on the club by hiring their own coach of choice.

If Russo fails to deliver either the Apertura or the Club World Championship then it may signal the end of his spell at Boca.

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