Borghi resigns after Superclásico defeat

Borghi's reign as Boca Juniors manager only lasted 14 games.
After defeat in the Superclásico on 16 November 2010 Boca Juniors manager Claudio Borghi has resigned. Sources claim that he told the players in the dressing room after the game that he would resign his position, he then left the stadium without speaking to the press.

A press conference was arranged at Boca Juniors Bombonera stadium for the following day, where the official announcement was made. It is claimed that Borghi was told not to officially resign in the stadium of Boca's arch rivals River Plate and to wait until it could be done in a less humiliating location.

The general perception was that Borghi would not be able to survive defeat in the Superclásico derby and after former Boca Juniors defender Jonathan Maidana headed the only goal of the game to give River Plate their first league win in Argentina's biggest derby game since 2007 Borghi felt that he had no option but to resign.

Borghi is the 8th Primera División manager to leave his position in the first 14 games of the Apertura 2010 tournament. His departure was preceded by that of Luis Zubeldía of Lanús and Angel Cappa of River Plate.

Borghi may now be regretting his decision to allow Boca Juniors to poach him from Argentinos Juniors after he led them to the Clausura 2010 championship. Had he stayed with Argentinos he would certainly have had the capital to survive a poor run of form and the club are already qualified for the Copa Libertadores 2011 which is due to kick off in February.

it is inconceivable that Borghi will be out of work for long with his track record. He four league titles in Chile with Colo-Colo and led Argentinos Juniors to their first league championship in since 1985 when he was in the team.

Borghi leaves Boca Juniors in a dismal position, they are 15th in the league table and unable to qualify for the Copa Libertadores for the 2nd season in a row which is unacceptable for a club that have utterly dominated South America's top international club tournament over the last decade.

Rumours are already circulating about potential replacements, however the job may be a poisoned chalice with the level of expectation and a team that seem incapable of regaining the form that saw them win 18 major trophies between 1998 and 2008.

Apertura 2010: Managerial departures
  • Daniel Garnero (Independiente) Fecha 7
  • Héctor Rivoira (Huracán) Fecha 7
  • Antonio Mohamed (Colón) Fecha 7
  • Diego Cocco (Gimnasia y Esgrima) Fecha 8
  • Hugo Tocalli (Quilmes) Fecha 11
  • Angel Cappa (River Plate) Fecha 13
  • Luis Zubeldía (Lanús) Fecha 14
  • Claudio Borghi (Boca Juniors) Fecha 14

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