Fernando Gamboa sacked as manager of Newell’s Old Boys

Fernando Gamboa sacked as manager of Newell’s Old Boys

El Negro lasted just 16 games in his second stint as La Lepra manager, just one more than his predecessor Germán Burgos.

The Newell’s Old Boys leadership parted ways with Fernando Gamboa last night (Sunday) after a run of games where the team tasted victory just once out of the last eleven matches. His position was seen as untenable after the 1-0 defeat to Gimnasia on Saturday in La Plata and the club will now search for a new manager.

Overall, Gamboa’s record will go down as 4 wins, 4 draws and 8 defeats. A former title-winning player with the club, he had been out of work since 2019 before returning to the club ahead of the current season. Following the disastrous appointment of Germán Burgos, the club felt they needed to turn to a manager who had links to Newell’s but the board who appointed El Negro are no longer in power at Newell’s with the election of new president Dr Ignacio Astore last month.

Astore is now tasked with appointing the first manager of his regime. The next head coach will be the club’s fourth appointment of 2021 with Frank Kudelka, Germán Burgos and now Fernando Gamboa all being relieved of their duties since the start of the year.

Early names linked to the vacant post are Gabriel Heinze and Eduardo Berizzo, two former Newell’s players who are both currently out of work.

Although his stint as a manager did not work out, Gamboa’s legacy as a player is untarnished and his contribution to the best period in the club’s history will never be forgotten. In a statement released by the club, he was thanked for his work.

Youth coach Adrián Taffarel will step up to take over as interim head coach on Monday and is likely to be in the dugout for the visit of Aldosivi on Thursday.