During the morning the alarms went off in River Plate. Marcelo Gallardo unexpectedly summoned a press conference, which gave rise to a lot of speculation. Finally, the fear of the millionaire fans was confirmed: the most successful coach in the club’s history decided not to continue.
“I will be brief. I come to make an announcement clearly. Last night I informed them that it is the end of my contract, it ends in December and I will no longer be at the club.”expressed the Doll at the press conference that ended eight years leading the team (he had arrived on May 30, 2014).
The coach confessed how complex it was for him to reach this determination. “It is one of the most difficult decisions. I’ll take a short break. Beyond the announcement, I am here to thank the people who trusted me, Enzo, Jorge, Matías, the entire leadership team for giving me the opportunity to express myself with total freedom to carry out our work. I thank a lot of people who faithfully accompanied this process,” he said.
“I also thank each of the players who have passed through this beautiful stage. To all those who have had the greatness to wear this shirt and be trained. To the media, which have been very respectful and have highlighted the work of all these years,” he added.
The strategist gave deep reflections and made it known: “Beyond the sadness, I have a deeply felt inner peace that makes me feel good about myself. The path traveled in all these years makes me feel very proud. That’s the word I want to highlight. We have experienced many things throughout all these years, beautiful and others not so much that make up the essence of a group that always looked forward, never gave up and accompanied with effort and sacrifice. We spend a lot of time in this beautiful club and the journey has been extraordinary. Everything has an end. I think it’s time to end a beautiful and very valuable cycle”.
He also did not hide the emotion for the announcement. In fact, he was deeply moved. “Lastly, I want to thank the fans. Every little tribute that they have paid me when entering a field of play will be an indelible memory for me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a show of affection that you have shown me and my entire work group. I’m going to end my contract accordingly, as it should be, and it’s very possible that on Sunday I’ll have my last game at the Monumental. I say thank you for all the affection you gave me. It has been a beautiful story ”, he closed.
During his time in the Núñez team, where he shone as a player and was one of the main partners of Marcelo Salas, the DT obtained seven local and seven international tournaments from the bench, highlighting the Copa Libertadores in 2015 and 2018. The latter achieved against Boca Juniors in Madrid.