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Ischia unveiled as new manager of Argentina's Boca Juniors

Ischia unveiled as new manager of Argentina's Boca Juniors

Carlos Ischia formally took over as manager of Boca Juniors on Wednesday, pledging to revive a flagging South American powerhouse that finished a disappointing third this past season.
I am enormously pleased," said Ischia, who _ flanked by Boca team president Pedro Pompilio _ was all smiles at a presenting press conference before reporters.
Ischia, who was an assistant under Carlos Bianchi during one of Boca's most successful runs in its history, said he looked forward to working for "the top team" in Argentina.
Ischia, 51, also played for Argentina. As a manager, he has guided Velez, Gimnasia of La Plata and Rosario Central.
He was a top assistant for several years under Bianchi, Boca's most successful coach from 1998 to 2004. Under Bianchi, Boca won four first-division titles, three Copa Libertadores titles and two club world trophies.
Ischia said he looked forward to his first full day at work Thursday, saying he would dig into the "details" of preparing for the Clausura first-division season.
"Boca is a team with outstanding players," he said, without revealing any planned strategy or roster changes for the coming season, which begins Jan. 7.
He replaces Miguel Angel Russo, who led Boca to this past year's Copa Libertadores title but resigned earlier this month after a 4-2 loss to AC Milan in the Club World Cup final in Tokyo.
Russo reportedly rejected a demand by Boca team chief Pompilio to fire his two assistants, hastening his departure.
Pompilio said a one-year contract was reached with Ischia, but neither side disclosed financial details.
"As is customary with Boca, we've signed a contract for one year and I hope it can be extended further," Pompillo said.
Ischia was among a list of candidates that included former Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta and Bianchi himself, reports said.
Despite wining the Libertadores, beating Brazil's Gremio, Boca finished a disappointing third in the domestic Apertura season, lagging behind unheralded clubs Lanus and Tigre.
Argentine hero Diego Maradona, who is an influential adviser to Boca executives, had signaled his opposition to Bianchi or any of his top aides.
"I don't like Ischia as coach," Maradona had said earlier this week.
Asked about Maradona's comments, Ischia said they did not detract from his high regard for one of soccer's great players.
"He's one of the players who has best understood the game," Ischia said, adding he hoped Maradona and other fans would see results quickly that would leave them pleased. "I just want to work hard and leave every Boca fan satisfied."
He and Pompilio ended their news conference by jointly holding up a blue-and-yellow Boca jersey for news photographers.


Updated : 2021-04-22 02:45 GMT+08:00