IndependienteWednesday, April 16, 2014
President Cantero signs agreement for dismissal
Once again finding themselves at the forefront of the Argentine sporting world — perhaps for the wrong reasons — football club Independiente is desperately trying to work themselves out of the mess that has transpired. This mess, which, unfortunately for the team, is fairly multifaceted, including incidents regarding the payment of the players, the so called “resignation” of the president, and perhaps the most visible aspect, the unsatisfactory play of the team.
However, this unsatisfaction amongst fans, players and management alike, all seem to point back towards what they believe is the source of the team‘s falling out: the controversial President Javier Cantero, who has nearly taken a backseat regarding matters surrounding the team.
Even head coach, Omar de Felippe, following the embarassing tie with Almirante Brown (1-1), pleaded to union leaders and upper management for actions that would take the team out of this seemingly paralyzed state. Rightfully so, considering that employees of the Avellaneda club were notified of the game just three hours before the starting time at 8pm.
As union leaders and the team officials discuss when the elections for a new president may take place, one thing is for sure: Cantero is out in July.
While Cantero eventual abscence breeds a sign of hope to Independiente fans and management, there are still several questions that have been left unanswered.
The first of which regarding the unpaid salaries of the players, which has been happening since Janurary. Coordinated by the Administrative Secretary Claudio Ciancio, the club hopes to obtain outside donations, reportedly from Agrupacion Independiente (AI) and other club members, to cover the estimate of about 2 millon pesos per month (from January through May), which would go towards the player‘s salaries. However, unsurprisingly, this amount of money has raised some red flags by the governement, who is asking for further confirmation of the roots of the money.
Additionally, one of the leaders of the union Agrupación Independiente, Daniel Seone, is unhappy with more than just President Cantero. In an interview with AM 990, he accused Administrative Secretary, Ciancio, of only caring about the recovery of the lost money — merely adding to the overall essence of the messy situation.
At this point, mentioned Daniel Siciliano, union leader of Independiente Mistico, the best possible outcome of the many meetings and discussions regarding the team is that the General Inspection of Justice approves Independiente‘s idea of holding elections on Sunday, July 6 — leaving them plenty of time to regroup and prepare for the First Division and the B National tournaments, but there is little to be hopeful for.
Herald with DyN