A bombshell in Argentina, as Marcelo Gallardo announced on Thursday at a press conference that he will no longer be the coach of River Plate, the club he took over in 2014.
“Last night I informed the club that I will not continue. In December my contract ends and it is one of the most difficult decisions of my life,” he said.
“It has been eight and a half years. I have to thank them for the opportunity and the total freedom they have given me in my work. I thank everyone: players, directors, supporters and all the people who have been with me.
“This is the end of my cycle. From December onwards I will no longer be at the club. It is one of the most difficult decisions of my life.
“I thank a lot of people who have faithfully accompanied this process for eight and a half years. I also thank my coaching staff who pushed me and kept me going so that I could continue in a constant and permanent maelstrom of hard work,” he said.
Two Copa Libertadores
The coach will put an end in two months to a successful period at River Plate, where he has overseen a total of 422 games so far and with a track record that includes two Copa Libertadores, a South American Cup, three Argentine Cups, a league title and two Argentine Super Cups.
Is he making a move to Europe? Last season he was already one of the options, as MARCA reported, to replace Ronald Koeman at Barcelona.