Working in silence, with the humbleness that got him to the top and with a group of players that completely identify with his idea, Marcelo Gallardo closed another great year managing River and, as it had happened at the end of the unforgettable year 2018, the traditional survey carried out by El País newspaper named him Best Manager of the Americas.
On Sunday, at Portezuelo’s Club del Lago Golf in Maldonado, Uruguay, el Muñeco received his new award and was faithful to his usual beliefs: go for more. “My wish is for the new year to be always the best. It’s a feeling, to never settle for anything, to continue being competitive, to not slack off,” he said after thanking everyone who chose him.
“There’s a way of playing that we feel passionate about, that we want to continue promoting beyond the players that may leave and those who may arrive,” he claimed.
In the 2019 survey, el Muñeco gathered 216 votes (58%) against 133 (36%) obtained by Jorge Jesus, Flamengo’s head coach. The Spanish coach Miguel Ángel Ramírez, who won the South American Cup with Independiente del Valle de Ecuador, came in third place,
MORE QUOTES BY EL MUÑECO IN URUGUAY:
-“I want to thank El País newspaper and everyone who voted. It may have something to do with the need to identify ourselves with something, we’ve had this structure for almost five years. That’s a reflection of the project and it’s true that projects are supported by results, but also the way.”
-“This award is not only for me: I am the head of a group which has a great sense of belonging, the coaching staff and the players. I think I’m privileged to be where I am, where I’m happy.”
-“I’m here to guide and I’m in a Club that gives me everything, I have the freedom to have a good time and that’s amazing. I can’t do anything else but work: we, coaches, love what we do and that’s what constantly motivates me. The desire to continue for a little while is present.”
Pictures: courtesy of Diario El País / Ovación