I know it is early. I know we still don't know if BASILE will actually leave, but what do we have to lose?
The worst that will come from this little exercise is a good exchange of opinions between us and to discover who is Mundo Albiceleste's fans favourite.
Let's throw some candidates on the table:
(in no particular order but here are some managers I think have a chance to take command of the Albiceleste, the reasons why they could be considered for the job and also some of the things that could play against them)
- Won the Olympic Gold. His team sometimes played brilliantly. Managed to have RIQUELME to co-exist with MESSI and both played key roles in Beijing.
- Knows the players and they like him.
- Has the backing of Diego MARADONA himself, who said in a recent interview that he would eventually join BATISTA's staff playing a unique role in which he'll be in constant touch with the players to advice them on things and to be some sort of link between the manager and the players.
- GRONDONA said he is inclined to give the World Champions of 86 a chance to manage the national team in the future. Has the time arrived? Is BATISTA the chosen one from that group of players?
- Not a lot of experience as a manager.
- Never been tested at the senior level (apart from some not-very-successful spells in the domestic league with Argentinos Juniors, Talleres and Nueva Chicago).
Américo Rubén "Tolo" GALLEGO
- Has won the domestic league 4 times and did it with three different teams. Two with River Plate, one with Independiente and one with Newell's Old Boys.
- Likes his team to play offensive and attractive football while he keeps a balanced midfield and a tight defense.
- Has also won the Mexican domestic title with Toluca in 2005.
- Has played in our national team and has also been PASSARELLA's assistant in France 1998 (Argentina lost to Netherlands in the Quarterfinals).
He is liked by the players, the media and the public in general.
- Has not played in 86 and GRONDONA is believed to be inclined for the manager that played in the World Cup in Mexico.
- I'm not sure whether MARADONA will be so keen on having him on board and we all know how powerful Diego's opinion can be.
- He is a living icon of the Albiceleste with more than 100 caps.
- Started his career as a manager only 2 years ago and he has already won domestic titles with Estudiantes (Apertura 2006) and with River (Clausura 2008).
- Will know how to deal with egos in the dressing room.
- Leaves and breaths football. He is obsessed about football, has a great knowledge and can be on top of things.
- He is probably too young (38) to manage the national team (only 3 years older than Javier ZANETTI, to put an example).
- Can have an approach a little too defensive for our national team.
- Will not have the consensus of the players, public opinion and the media.
- Won 5 league titles with River and 1 with San Lorenzo, plus the Copa Libertadores and the Supercopa Sudamericana with River Plate.
- Offensive style.
- Great reader of the game. His substitutions are often the key for his teams to change the fate of the game.
- Plays the media game to perfection (a little bit like MOURINHO) and takes the pressure away from his players by absorbing it.
- Has not played in 86.
- He is MARADONA's old foe.
- Can be controversial and a lot of people don't like him.
- Is known to have feuds with players and his disciplinary measures can be harsh and put him in a bad position in front of the team.
- The great contemporary Argentine manager. Have won everything at Velez Sarsfield and Boca. 7 domestic leagues (3 with Velez, 4 with Boca), 4 Copa Libertadores (1 with Velez, 3 with Boca), 3 Intercontinental Cups (the current FIFA Club World Cup) (1 with Velez, 2 with Boca).
- Defense is his strength. Will make it difficult for any team to score on his side.
- Will have the backing of the public opinion and a huge part of the media.
- He once said he'll never manage Argentina while GRONDONA is still head of the AFA. Thing can change, but after a statement like that...
- He had some terrible experiences in Europe. Failures at Roma and Atletico Madrid raise the question whether he can be good at the international stage with Argentina.
- Can come across as arrogant.
- Sometimes his teams are boring as hell. He gets the job done, but not in a very "Argentine way", if there is such a thing.
Miguel Angel RUSSO (top of the league with San Lorenzo and winner of the Clausura 2005 with Velez and the Libertadores 2007 with Boca). I can't think of many other suitable candidates for the job.
Who gets your vote and why?
Do you have another manager you think that could do the job?