20-team league witnesses 24th sacking of season

River Plate may have been getting all the attention recently for their poor plight, but even further down the table lie their arch rivals Boca Juniors.

The Argentine media, never ones to hold back an opinion, have labelled Boca’s current campaign the worst in recent history, with Argentina’s most popular team 14th having won just five games all season. 

But for a Boca fan, most South American supporters in fact, the Copa Libertadores is the holy grail.

And, as the cooler weather swept in, Boca’s bid ended early at the last 16 stage, ultimately costing coach Carlos Ischia his job.

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Ischia’s departure will delight Boca fanatic Diego Maradona, who until being appointed the national team coach embarked on a fairly abusive mission to undermine his position.

While further speculation was rife when fan-favourite Carlos Bianchi, under whom Boca won the Libertadores, returned to the ‘non-coaching’ staff.

One subject Maradona and Ischia may agree on is the stubborn character Juan Roman Riquelme.

After walking out of the national squad saying he and Maradona didn’t see eye to eye, the Boca playmaker has reportedly had problems with Ischia.

While Martin Palermo, Boca’s all-time leading goal-scorer, has also allegedly disputed many areas of Ischia’s management.

"Fine, have it your way..." 

Ischia has said he will leave the club at the end of the Clausura championship which has three games left to run.

Incredibly, he is the 24th coach to be sacked in the Primera this season – a league with only 20 teams in it - with Claudio Borghi also leaving Independiente to replace Claudio Vivas at Argentinos Juniors. 

And with Argentina’s ‘Big Five’ – Boca, River, San Lorenzo, Independiente and Racing – all enduring crisis upon crisis, it is again likely that the league’s smaller teams will shine at the end of the season.

Lanus lead the way ahead of Velez Sarsfield, Huracan and Colon.

Problems continue to pile up for River Plate

"You’re going home in a Buenos Aires ambulance..."

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