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 BocaÃ¢ÂÂs current campaign the worst in recent history, with ArgentinaÃ¢ÂÂs 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, BocaÃ¢ÂÂs bid ended early at the last 16 stage, ultimately costing coach Carlos Ischia his job.
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IschiaÃ¢ÂÂs 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 Ã¢ÂÂnon-coachingÃ¢ÂÂ 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 didnÃ¢ÂÂt see eye to eye, the Boca playmaker has reportedly had problems with Ischia.
While Martin Palermo, BocaÃ¢ÂÂs all-time leading goal-scorer, has also allegedly disputed many areas of IschiaÃ¢ÂÂs 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 Ã¢ÂÂ a league with only 20 teams in it - with Claudio Borghi also leaving Independiente to replace Claudio Vivas at Argentinos Juniors.
And with ArgentinaÃ¢ÂÂs Ã¢ÂÂBig FiveÃ¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ Boca, River, San Lorenzo, Independiente and Racing Ã¢ÂÂ all enduring crisis upon crisis, it is again likely that the leagueÃ¢ÂÂs smaller teams will shine at the end of the season.
Lanus lead the way ahead of Velez Sarsfield, Huracan and Colon.
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