Boca Juniors will not renew its contract with coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto after losing to fierce rival River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Boca Juniors will not renew its contract with coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto after losing to fierce rival River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final.
Boca lost the second leg 3-1 in extra time last Sunday in Madrid, and 5-3 on aggregate. It was the first Copa final between the Buenos Aires rivals.
''The best thing for Boca is to start the year making a change - search for a new coaching staff and start all over from scratch,'' Boca Juniors President Daniel Angelici said at a news conference on Friday.
Barros Schelotto remains popular with Boca fans. He won three Copa Libertadores as a player and had been coaching the team since mid-2016. His contract was due to end on Dec. 31.
''Despite not winning the Copa Libertadores, I leave at peace knowing that I left it all on the field,'' the 45-year-old Barros Schelotto said, sitting next Angelici.
''This is the best decision that we could have taken.''