al-itthad coach Marcelo Gallardo took advantage of the end of the 2023-24 sports season and visited his former Argentine club River Plate; In order to attend a game for the club’s youth team, for whom his son Santino plays.

As soon as he arrived at River Plate, Saturday, 1 June, many fans were keen to take memorial photos with Gallardo, and Argentine media tried to ask the coach about his future with the Saudi club, but he refused to talk.
Gaardo is one of the most prominent managers in River Plate’s history and, along with the club, has won 13 titles, including the Libertadores Cup twice, the Argentine league once, and the Argentine Cup 3 times.


The 48-year-old coach took the technical helm of the Etihad club last November, succeeding Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo, who was sacked for poor results.

The Brigadier General lived with Gaardo for a very poor season, losing all tournaments, and dropping the team’s ranking with him for fifth place in the Saudi Rosen League, which the club achieved last season’s title 2022-23.
Over the past period, Saudi press reports have indicated that the Federal Administration intends to remove Gaardo from his post and is considering signing Italian coach Massimiliano Alegre, who has left the club’s leadership.

Marcelo Gallardo’s numbers with the al-itthad
Apart from losing the Saudi League title, which Al-Hilal decided in his favour before 3 rounds of the end of the competition, the Federation has bestowed its farewell to the ACL Championship from the quarter-finals. The club also failed to claim the Saudi Diriyah Super Cup title, in addition to exiting the semi-finals of the Custodian of the Two Holy MosMosMosMosques Cup.
Since taking charge of “Dean”, Gallardo has led the team in 33 games across all competitions, winning 14, drawing 4, losing 14, scoring 56, and conceding 59 times, based on Transfair Market data, knowing that his contract with the Federation expires in June 2025.

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