Departing Ischia forced out by Boca

BUENOS AIRES - Sacked Boca Juniors coach Carlos Ischia had his departure brought forward by two weeks on Tuesday after the team's 3-0 weekend defeat at Racing Club.

Ischia had earlier agreed to leave when the season finished at the end of June with Boca struggling in the bottom half of the Clausura standings.

"Carlos Ischia has ceased being the coach of Boca," the club said on its website (www.bocajuniors.com.ar). "The (new) decision was taken this afternoon following the 3-0 setback suffered against Racing last Sunday.

"Abel Alves, currently coach of the reserves, will take charge in an interim capacity until the end of the Clausura tournament."

Argentina's most popular club were also knocked out of the South American Libertadores Cup, a tournament they have won six times, in the round of 16 by Uruguayan outsiders Defensor Sporting last month.

Ischia, who joined Boca in December 2007 on a two-year contract, steered the club to the Apertura championship in the first half of the 2008/09 season.

Two championships a year are played in Argentina.

Former Boca midfielder Alves will be at the helm when Boca, 15th in the Clausura championship and 17 points off the pace with two matches to go, host Gimnasia-La Plata next weekend. Alves played for Boca from 1975 to 1982.


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