Saturday, October 18, 2008

Mundo Albiceleste's exclusive: RUSSO gets the job

OK, it's not official. According to AFA, the official word will come on 27 October, but I believe I'm in a position to reveal that Miguel Angel RUSSO will be the chosen manager to take over as Argentina boss.

A very reliable source has informed me that Miguel Angel RUSSO has been contacted by the AFA and all it's need now is for the manager to arrange the terms to finish his contract with San Lorenzo to free himself for international duty.

This move will not happen until December, though, as RUSSO is committed to San Lorenzo and he will be asked to continue at the helm for them until the end of the Apertura tournament, which they are leading after 9 of the 19 weeks.

There is a very small margin of error with this information and until it becomes official, many things can happen, but I've decided to share it with you and keep you up to date with the behind-the-scenes of this managerial succession we are so keen of knowing about.

Diego MARADONA has publicly declared he likes RUSSO as a manager and as a person and he added that he will have no problems in joining his staff in any role that he is given.

Olympic Gold medal winner, Sergio BATISTA, fan-favourite, Carlos BIANCHI, and World Cup champion in 1986, Carlos Salvador BILARDO, have all said they would love to get the job while RUSSO himself is yet to talk to the media and I don't know if he'll do it.

It's not only my source that has RUSSO ticked as Argentina manager. Clarin (, the best-selling newspaper in Argentina, has publish a story confirming this unofficial news as early as yesterday.

Again, handle this information with care and please don't come out pointing your fingers at me if RUSSO doesn't get the job. Football is unpredictable, isn't it?


Anonymous said...

Good choice, I was hoping for Batista but this will do. Lets see how good he is for the side. Anybody but Basile's would of made a better fit.

Man I just got done watching ATL Madrid vs Real Madrid, and what a game. It has to be in the top 10 games that I have seen in my lifetime.


John said...

Though it is not unofficial, the good news is that the issue on who will be next Argentina coach has been resolve. I feel that is a good start in the After Basile Era. The sooner you know, the better.

What’s next? Of course we do want to know about his plan for the team. Please Seba, hopefully you’ll get to publish his first press conference as the National Team coach.

By the way, Gonzalo HIGUAIN scored from the penalty deep into injury time for Real in their 2-1 win over city rival Atletico. Both teams were down to 10 men.

And just as I was writing this comment, Ezequile LAVEZZI has just scored for Napoli and there are 2-1 up against Juventus. There’s still 8 minutes left to play.

John said...

Napoli wins 2-1! Off to bed now (It's 4.30am already!)

Seba said...

Sweet dreams, John! It's quite late! haha!

Hope you don't mind me posting some threads about Pipita's and Pocho's winners. I know you love to do those things but I had the chance to watch the final moments of both matches and with two Argentines scoring the winning goals, it was hard to resist the temptation.

Chainsaw said...

I'm not sure if that's a right choice.

John said...

No problem Seba, I've just uploaded the goals from both matches.