River Plate coach Almeyda quits by mutual consent

Coach Almeyda quits River Plate
By Reuters

29/11/2012 at 10:17Updated 29/11/2012 at 18:17

Former River Plate midfielder Matias Almeyda has ended his 18 months as the Argentine club's coach, with two matches to go to the end of the "Inicial" championship.

"My cycle at River has finished," said the former Argentina international, who had a contract until the end of the season next June. "I'd like to return one day as coach or director."

The 38-year-old Almeyda said he had reached agreement with club president Daniel Passarella that River needed a change of coach and that he had perceived he no longer enjoyed the support of most of the club's board.

Almeyda, a River player when they were relegated for the first time last year, took the reins and steered them back into the first division winning the Primera B Nacional second division title in June.

River, who hold a record 33 Argentine league titles, have struggled in the first division and Almeyda leaves them in mid-table with 23 points from 17 matches, 12 points behind leaders and title favourites Velez Sarsfield.