Merlo: “I’m going to take the problem with Gallardo to my grave, it wasn’t personal or football”


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Mustard Merlo: "I'm going to take the problem with Gallardo to my grave, it wasn't personal or football"

Reinaldo Merlo gave an interview for “El Show de la Oral” on Radio Rivadavia and recalled what happened with Marcelo Gallardo when he was River Plate’s coach in 2005: “I’m going to take the problem with Gallardo to the grave, but it wasn’t even football or in a practice, something else happened “.

It is worth noting that “Mostaza” left the Millionaire’s technical direction in the middle of a fight with Marcelo Gallardo, who in 2005 was a figure and one of the references of the Núñez team.

However, regarding the current situation of the Doll as River’s DT, the former coach of Racing and Estudiantes, among others, said: “When I directed Gallardo in the last year of River I realized that I was going to be a coach. What I didn’t imagine is that he was going to do phenomenally well.

It is worth noting that “Mustard” was one of the Millionaire’s most important players – he made his entire professional career at the club – but he could not transcend from the technical direction in River’s life. He directed only 16 games divided into two cycles (1989 and 2005), with the balance of only one title, the 1989-90 First Division Championship –in the middle of the tournament he was succeeded by Daniel Passarella-.

Other outstanding statements by Reinaldo Merlo.

ABOUT RACING CHAMPION 2001
“Milito in my time missed goals by inches and I told him that those were going to come in. Then he had a wonderful career, he deserves everything that is happening to him.”

“I thought about the team that was champion with Racing in 2001 and put it together by going back in my car after a game with Huracán that we played on the Spanish court.”

“After the game with Banfield, I only met with the players in the locker room, I didn’t even let Marín in. I told them we were going to be champions.”

“Úbeda is an example of a professional, always pushing forward, he was fundamental for the group, he loves Racing very much.”

“Sometimes Chatruc and Milito would go overboard after training and I had to take them out of practice for a while.”

ABOUT HIS CAREER AS DT
“I know it is difficult but if I have a chance I always want to keep working.”

“At the time of Basile in the Argentine National Team, I was in charge of traveling throughout Europe to see and talk with the players, it made me grow a lot as a coach.”

“As soon as I retired I started with the coaching course because I am passionate about soccer”


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