Sao Paulo announced as its new coach the former Argentine player Hernán Crespo, who has just triumphed on the bench of Defense and Justice of his country after winning the South American Cup and signed a contract for the next two seasons.
The 45-year-old Albiceleste striker signed a contract with Tricolor de Morumbí until the end of 2022, the Brazilian club announced in a statement, which was released under the title “Welcome.”
“After a fairly technical, careful and judicious evaluation, in which we consulted different professionals, we understand that Hernán Crespo fits perfectly in what we think for Sao Paulo,” said the club’s president, Julio Casares, quoted in the statement .
For the manager, Crespo «has a victorious history, he was a great athlete and is a very promising coach. We will have a commander with a winning mindset and Saopaulian DNA. ‘
‘Valdanito’, as he is nicknamed for his similarity in the game with his compatriot Jorge Valdano, hung up his boots in 2012 in the ranks of Parma and in the following years he trained as a coach.
His career as a coach began in the lower categories of Italian Calcio and later returned to his country to command Banfield and, later, Defense and Justice, in January of last year.
With the Falcon he won the Copa Sudamericana after defeating Lanús, also from Argentina, 3-0.
Born in the town of Florida, Crespo broke as a player in the lower categories of River Plate, but quickly made the leap to Italian football, where he became an international star, with trips to Parma, Lazio, Inter, Milan and Genoa.
Historic winner, alma copeira and DNA lutador.
Welcome, Hernán Crespo! 🇦🇷🇾🇪
– São Paulo FC (@SaoPauloFC) February 12, 2021
He also defended the colors of English Chelsea.
Crespo will now face the challenge of returning Sao Paulo to the title track. The last time the São Paulo team won the Brazilian League was in 2008 and the Libertadores in 2005.
He will replace Brazilian Fernando Diniz, who was fired earlier this month, amid a crisis of results and even though the team still had options to fight for the Brazilian Championship.
Since then, Marcos Vizolli has directed the squad on an interim basis.
At the same time, ex-footballer Raí, champion with Brazil in the 1994 World Cup in the United States, resigned from the position of sports manager of Sao Paulo.
Raí was one of the architects of the arrival to the team of the Brazilian international Dani Alves and the Spanish Juanfran Torres.
According to the local press, Crespo was also tempted to lead the Chilean team, but ultimately opted for the Brazilian club.
With Crespo will also arrive Juan Branda (technical assistant), Alejandro Kohan and Gustavo Sato (physical trainers), Gustavo Nepote (goalkeeper coach) and Tobías Kohan (performance analyst). EFE (HN)