Saturday, 8 November 2008

Argentina: Simeone Resigns As River Plate Coach

Diego Simeone will take charge of River Plate for the last time when they face Huracan at El Monumental on Sunday after tendering his resignation following their Copa Sudamericana defeat to Chivas on Thursday.

River currently sit bottom of the Argentine Apertura with just six games left to play having endured their worst ever start to a campaign, and with the chance of a continent-wide trophy now gone, Simeone's reign will come to an end less than one year after he took charge.

Simeone led River to the Clausura title after replacing Daniel Passarella at the end of last year, but was unable to mount a serious challenge for the Copa Libertadores, dropping out at the hands of San Lorenzo in the round of sixteen. Pressure has been mounting on him following River's poor recent form, but the club board were keen for him to remain in charge, at least until the end of the Apertura.

However, Simeone has elected to carry through with his resignation following a meeting with club president Jose Maria Aguilar and sporting director Rodolfo Cuiña on Friday, leaving the club in search of a new coach to lead them forward into the 2009 Clausura.

"We had not really looked at other options as we were convinced he would stay," Cuiña told reporters when the news of Simeone's resignation broke.

"On Monday we will appoint a temporary coach as we believe this to be the most practical solution at this time," he affirmed.

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