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SPORTS | 17-05-2024 17:09

Carlos Tevez resigns as coach of Independiente

Sunday’s will be his last match.

Carlos Tevez resigned on Friday as coach of local giants Independiente, plunging the club into further crisis.

According to local media, the former Argentina international will lead the club for the last time on Sunday against Platense in the second round of the Liga Profesional de Fútbol, Argentina's top flight.

The ex-Manchester United and Manchester City striker's departure comes after the club failed to qualify for the final phase of the Copa Argentina and suffered a home defeat in their first league match of the season against Talleres de Córdoba. 

The “Apache” – as the former Boca striker is known – took control of Independiente last August, tasked with saving the side from relegation.

Tevez was up to the task, and he leaves with a record of 14 victories, 11 draws and 6 defeats in 31 matches. However, performances in recent weeks have tailed off.

Despite a rich history seven-time Copa Libertadores winners Independiente are also struggling off the pitch with a financial crisis. 

Last week, in his last contact with the press, Tevez, 40, had stated that “the club hasn’t competed in many years. Many good coaches have gone by who couldn’t turn Independiente around."

Before Independiente, Tevez made his coaching debut in 2022 with Rosario Central, resigning after five months due to differences with club management.

Tevez's playing career included successful stints in the Premier League with both Manchester clubs, as well as a spell with Juventus in Italy before his third and final playing contract with Boca Juniors.

At Manchester United he won two Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League. 

He helped Manchester City win the 2011-2012 Premier League, their first English league title since 1968.

At international level he won 76 caps for Argentina, and was a member of the 2004 Olympic gold medal-winning team.

 

 

– TIMES/AFP

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