Argentine soccer's LaVolpe parts company with Velez 2007-11-14 08:24:10   Print

    BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Soccer manager Ricardo La Volpe on Tuesday left Argentine squad Velez Sarsfield, just two days after the team was crushed 4-0 by Boca Juniors, La Volpe's former club, in the 16th round of the domestic opening tournament.

    The club said in a statement that "by common agreement of the board and LaVolpe, the manager and his training staff have severed relations with the first team of Velez Sarsfield Athletic Club starting from this date".

    La Volpe will be replaced by Hugo Tocalli, who managed Argentina's national junior squad for 13 years, winning many competitions.

    With three days to go before the end of the tournament, including La Volpe, eight of Argentina's 20 first division clubs have parted company with their managers.

    "If you do not achieve your goals, you have to have ethics and give way to club bosses so that they can have a free hand to decide," La Volpe, 55, told Argentine radio.

    La Volpe had previously coached Mexico's national squad ahead of the 2006 World Cup, winning the team a place in the second phase of the Cup, where Mexico was knocked out by Argentina. He then managed Boca during the 2006 Opening Tournament, losing his job after a spectacular Boca loss to La Plata team Estudiantes.

    He then took over at Velez, which achieved ninth place in the 2006 closing tournament with seven victories, five draws and seven losses. Velez, which is based in the Liniers neighborhood of Argentine capital Buenos Aires, is currently in 10th place, with seven victories, two ties and two losses.

Editor: An Lu
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