The 50-year-old, who won 3 titles with Newell’s as a player, returns to manage the club for the second time. He previously took charge of the club for one campaign in 2008.
Newell’s Old Boys have replaced former manager Germán Burgos with legendary defender Fernando Gamboa. Gamboa, who was part of Marcelo Bielsa’s famous all-conquering Newell’s side of the 1990s, began his managerial career at Newell’s back in 2008 before moving on to manage a number of other teams in Argentina and also in Mexico, Chile and Paraguay.
His last job was at Nacional of Paraguay, where he was sacked in early 2019 when they were eliminated in the first phase of the Copa Libertadores by the Ecuadorians Delfín.
New Director of Football Lucas Bernardi has acted fast in replacing Burgos, confirming his replacement just days after “El Mono” departed. While Newell’s have tended to appoint managers with no previous connection to the club in recent years, the appointment of Gamboa is seen as a return to the strategy to appoint ex-Newell’s players which has bore success with the likes of Marcelo Bielsa, Américo Gallego and Tata Martino but also has failed in the case of Roberto Sensini, Ricardo Lunari and Bernardi himself, who was briefly manager of Newell’s from 2015-2016.
Gamboa will begin work on Monday 14 June when pre-season begins in Rosario at the Jorge Griffa Training Centre. He has appointed Edgardo Malvestiti as his assistant and his backroom team will also include Rodolfo Coppia, Gustavo Arciprete, Gonzalo Marín (physio) and César Jaime (goalkeeping coach), technical assistant, physical trainer and goalkeeper coach of the club respectively.
Welcome back to your home, Negro!