San Pablo announced this Friday as its new coach the former Argentine player Hernán Crespo, who has just triumphed in the Defense and Justice bank of his country after winning the South American Cup and signed a contract for the next two seasons.
The historic Albiceleste striker, 45, signed a contract with Tricolor de Morumbí until the end of 2022, as announced by the Brazilian club in a statement, which was released with the title of “Welcome”.
“After a fairly technical, careful and judicious evaluation, in which we consulted different professionals, we understand that Hernán Crespo fits perfectly in what we think for San Pablo”said the club’s president, Julio Casares, quoted in the statement.
For the leader, Crespo “has a victorious history, he was a great athlete and is a very promising coach. We will have a commander with a winning mentality and Saopaulian DNA.”
‘Valdanito’, as he is nicknamed due to his similarity in the game with his compatriot Jorge Valdano, hung up his boots in 2012 in the ranks of Parma and in the following years he trained as a coach.
His career as a coach began in the lower categories of Italian Calcio and later returned to his country to command Banfield and, later, Defense and Justice, in January of last year.
With the Falcon, he won the Copa Sudamericana after defeating Lanús, also from Argentina, 3-0.
Born in the town of Florida, Crespo broke as a player in the lower categories of River Plate, but quickly made the leap to Italian football, where he became an international star, with trips to Parma, Lazio, Inter, Milan and Genoa.
He also defended the colors of English Chelsea.
Crespo will now face the challenge of returning San Pablo to the title track. The last time the São Paulo team won the Brazilian League was in 2008 and the Libertadores, in 2005.
He will replace Brazilian Fernando Diniz, who was dismissed earlier this month, amid a crisis of results and even though the team still had options to fight for the Brazilian Championship.
Since then, Marcos Vizolli has directed the squad on an interim basis.
At the same time, ex-footballer Raí, champion with Brazil in the 1994 World Cup in the United States, resigned from the position of sports manager of Sao Paulo.
Raí was one of the architects of the arrival to the team of Brazilian international Dani Alves and Spanish Juanfran Torres.
According to the local press, Crespo was also tempted to lead the Chilean team, but ultimately opted for the Brazilian club.
With Crespo will also arrive Juan Branda (technical assistant), Alejandro Kohan and Gustavo Sato (physical trainers), Gustavo Nepote (goalkeeper coach) and Tobías Kohan (performance analyst).