Mil­ito quits as Ar­gen­tine coach­ing ex­o­dus con­tin­ues

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

For­mer Barcelona and Ar­gentina de­fender Gabriel Mil­ito has quit as coach of In­de­pen­di­ente af­ter Satur­day’s 1-0 home de­feat by Ban­field in the Ar­gen­tine first di­vi­sion. Mil­ito, who took charge in May and as a cen­tre back helped In­de­pen­di­ente win their last league ti­tle in 2002, is the 15th coach to leave a club in Ar­gentina’s 30-team cham­pi­onship since the be­gin­ning of the sea­son in Au­gust. “I gave of my best but it didn’t work out. I think this is the time to step aside,” the 36-year-old, younger brother of for­mer In­ter Mi­lan and Rac­ing Club striker Diego Mil­ito, told re­porters. In­de­pen­di­ente were jeered and whis­tled off the Es­ta­dio Lib­er­ta­dores de Amer­ica pitch by fans an­gered by in­sipid per­for­mances in a poor re­cent run which had de­liv­ered two wins in their last seven matches. They go into the sum­mer break with 22 points from 14 matches, in­clud­ing six wins. In­de­pen­di­ente, who lifted the last of their record seven crowns in the elite South Amer­i­can Copa Lib­er­ta­dores 32 years ago, last won a ti­tle in the sec­ond-string Copa Su­damer­i­cana in 2010.

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