After moving away from Boca Juniors overwhelmed by the demands and taking a year off, Carlos Tevez formalized his retirement as a footballer and a few days later he became the new coach of Rosario Central, a popular club in the interior of Argentina that has had bad seasons in the last seasons.
“Apache became the new auriazul coach, after signing a contract with the club for 12 months,” Central announced Tuesday on his Twitter account shortly before the former footballer arrived at the training ground in the town of Arroyo Seco, on the outskirts of Rosario — some 280 kilometers north of Buenos Aires — to meet their targets.
Tevez, 38, will lead his first practice in the afternoon behind closed doors and will be presented at 1930 local time (2230 GMT) in the stadium known as the “Gigante de Arroyito”.
A year ago, the then captain of Boca put his football career on hold because he did not feel strong enough to deal with the demands of the popular Argentine club. Despite the fact that he received several offers from teams in the United States and his country to continue playing, the striker took a break until two weeks ago when he officially announced his retirement.
Central, meanwhile, was looking for a coach after the resignation of Leandro Somoza in mid-June due to the lack of reinforcements.
Tevez, who has not yet completed the coaching course, will be escorted by Carlos Retegui, a former coach of the men’s and women’s field hockey teams in Argentina who does have an official title to direct football. The coaching staff will be completed with brothers from Tevez.
Tevez’s arrival has not yet generated great expectations among Central fans because he never played for that team and is very identified with Boca, a club of which he is a self-confessed fan. At the same time, a group of members of the Canalla filed an appeal with the courts to investigate an investment group linked to the new coach who would bring several renowned players to the club.
In Argentina, the clubs are non-profit civil societies and the plaintiffs suspect that the Central board of directors would have delegated the management of professional soccer to businessman Christian Bragarnik, which is not allowed in its statutes.
“We are not a business platform or an empty shell,” warned opposition leader Carlos Del Frade in dialogue with the state agency Télam. “Central is much more than a business. We will continue with the meetings and the process of resistance to these dark maneuvers that put the club’s existence at risk.”
Tevez, who also played for Corinthians in Brazil, Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham in England and Juventus in Italy and played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups with Argentina, will debut as coach next Friday against Gymnastics for the fifth round of the league Argentina. Central marches in the 18th position with four units, five less than the leader Boca.