The leaders were absolutely convinced: they considered that the situation was already untenable and there was no room for more. Leandro Stillitano will no longer lead Independiente. The 40-year-old coach felt that he could reverse the situation and expressed it in the press conference after the draw with Colón de Santa Fe, but those who lead the destinies of the club raised their concern about the campaign carried out and the institution issued a statement announcing the departure of the coach “by mutual agreement”.
“The fan has the right to express themselves and we are the first to want to win. We are strong and we know we have to improve. As long as I see responses from players, I’ll continue. I feel strong, I feel good and I’m already thinking about working on the Copa Argentina game. When they brought me in, we knew this could happen.” Stillitano remarked 43 minutes after the end of the match. However, his situation changed late at night. The president, Fabian Doman, and the sports director of the institution, Pablo Cavallero, went to look for the coach at the Scala hotel, where the squad is concentrated. There they told him that they believed the cycle was over and convinced him to step aside.
“Independiente and Leandro Stillitano have resolved by mutual agreement to interrupt their tenure as coach of the first team. From the institution, we want to thank and highlight the professionalism of Leandro and his coaching staff to face this delicate moment for the club. In the next few days, we will announce who will be in charge of managing the professional team”, was the official statement published by Red at 11:22 p.m. DT lasted just eight games: they won one, drew five and lost two, with seven goals for and nine against.
The details of the talk
managers They warned that the coach lacks leadership capacity to face hot moments. He arrived after having been a field assistant to Ariel Holan and Gustavo Quinteros in Colo Colo, but he had never had to assume the role of conductor and be first guitarist in a First Division squad. “We believe that this situation is not convenient for you or for anyone else. We don’t want you to continue exposing yourself to this ridicule every game,” it was, words more, words less, what they told the coach.
What comes in the Red
Independiente’s next match will be on Sunday, against Ciudad de Bolívar at the Ciudad de La Plata stadium, for the Argentine Cup. This meeting will be led on an interim basis by Pedro Damián Monzón, Reserve coach. Meanwhile, the leaders will begin to look for a new coach.