BUENOS AIRES, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Miguel Angel
Brindisi has resigned as coach of relegation-threatened Huracan
just two matches into Argentina's Clausura championship in the
wake of Sunday's 2-0 defeat at River Plate.
Brindisi, a former Huracan, Las Palmas, Boca Juniors and
Argentina midfielder, had been in charge since September, eight
matches into the Apertura which is the first of two
championships in the 2010/11 season.
"We didn't expect this news and we're hurt because Miguel is
part of the Huracan family and we had a lot of faith in his
project," club vice-president Norberto Giuliano told ESPN Radio.
"Although the results did not come, we believed the
situation could be reversed and we accepted that we could lose
the match with River."
Brindisi, who has won titles as a coach with Barcelona of
Ecuador and Argentina's Independiente, steered a young Huracan
side to a promising 3-0 home win over arch-rivals San Lorenzo in
October but they have since won only one match in nine and are
in serious danger of relegation.
In the points averages over three seasons that are used to
determine relegation from the Argentine first division, Huracan
are three from bottom facing a play-off with a Nacional B (second
Huracan were second in the 2008/09 Clausura championship but
did not save coach Angel Cappa, who had forged a brilliant team
in one season at the club. He was replaced by Hector Rivoira
whose resignation in September opened the door for Brindisi.
Brindisi and Huracan president Carlos Babington were
midfield partners in the 1973 league title-winning Huracan side
and the Argentina team at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. He
also won a title as captain of Diego Maradona's Boca in 1981.
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