El Gringo Heinze Announces Departure from Newell’s
Newell’s had just suffered a defeat against Boca Juniors, with Miguel Merentiel scoring the winning goal from a penalty kick. The match ended with a subsequent foul by Guillermo Balzi on the Uruguayan player, leaving the young player in tears. Gabriel Heinze, the coach of Newell’s, went onto the field to console him, showing his support for each of his players.
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El Gringo, aged 45, announced that the upcoming game against Defensa y Justicia will be his last as the coach of Newell’s, the club where he was born. This decision came after his team was eliminated from the competition, ending their chances of qualifying for the next Copa Sudamericana.
“The non-qualification and defeat are my responsibility. I made a commitment to stay until the end, and I will fulfill that commitment. I will always stand by my players and the institution. It would be easy for me to walk away, but that’s not who I am. I will be there until the last day,” explained Heinze, emphasizing his dedication to the team.
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Heinze’s Coaching Record
During his tenure as coach of Newell’s, Heinze has managed 48 games, achieving 17 wins, 16 draws, and 15 losses. The team has accumulated 46% of the available points. Reflecting on the season, Heinze acknowledged the challenges faced and took responsibility for the team’s performance.
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Heinze’s departure from Newell’s opens up opportunities for him in the market. Boca Juniors, currently in search of a new coach, has expressed interest in Heinze. His name is included in the list of candidates for the position, which will be decided in the upcoming elections led by Juan Román Riquelme. When asked about a potential offer from Boca, Heinze expressed his attachment to Newell’s but remained open to possibilities.
“I don’t know what to answer you. Currently, I have the privilege of being in a place that is possibly the most beautiful. I don’t know if I will find another place as beautiful, where I can work with my heart. It’s a unique mix that is hard to come by. Waking up every day to go to an ideal workplace, rich in history, and putting your heart into it is a wonderful experience. It’s not pressure, it’s a privilege. But life is unpredictable. I don’t know what the future holds. I have enjoyed a year in a very special place that has allowed me to grow. I don’t know, life is uncertain… It’s a challenging decision,” Heinze responded, leaving the door open for possibilities.