Pre-season training began at the Jorge Griffa Centre on Monday as new Newell’s manager Fernando Gamboa took his first session with the squad.
50-year-old Gamboa returns to Newell’s for his second spell as manager, 13 years after his first spell. He won 3 titles as a player with Newell’s as part of Bielsa’s all-conquering side of the 1990s.
Newell’s Old Boys have been drawn in Group F of the 2021 Copa Sudamericana. Joining La Lepra in the group are the Chilean side Palestino, Brazilian newcomers Atlético Goianiense and either Libertad or Atlético Nacional, depending on who wins the second-leg of their qualifying play-off.