Following defeat to Racing, the Boca Juniors board called a meeting with manager Rodolfo Arruabarrena and parted company with him yesterday.
With Boca displaying attacking intent but not producing the goods, the cut throat world of football management claimed yet another victim. Under Arruaberrena’s stewardship, Boca lost every single one of its matches to Racing, who they face again on Thursday in the Copa Libertadores.
Arruabarrena enjoyed a solid relationship with his players, although he was less popular among the members of the Boca board, so it may not come as too much of a shock given recent performances have meant Boca hasn’t scored in four of its last six outings, and there were rumors flying about of Arruabarrena’s exit from La Bonbonera.
Despite having a relatively impressive record of 63 percent wins, it clearly hasn’t been good enough for the club’s directors who have replaced Arruabarrena with former Argentina and Juniors defender Rolando Schiavi, who has come in as caretaker coach as Boca lies in fifth place in Grupo B with seven points from its five games played.
During the Arruabarrena era, Boca won its first Primera Divisón title since 2011, as well as the 2014/2015 Copa Argentina. It may well have been a different story had Arruabarrena brought home the 2015 Copa Libertadores, which Boca had taken by storm winning six out of six matches and conceding only two goals, only to be disqualified due to chemicals impairing the vision of four River Plate players in La Bonbonera.
Arruabarrena started his brief tenure as head coach in August 2014 after the exit of Carlos Bianchi, and the vacant position has been touted as being filled by current Tigre manager Gustavo Alfaro, former Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli and ex-Lanús trainer Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
There’s certainly more to come on this story, you can’t take your eyes off it for a minute.