Ricardo Caruso has Lombardi signed on to become the new manager of Primera B Metropolitana team Tristán Suárez for the 2014 Transitional Tournament.
The announcement was made this friday, finally, after a round of negotiations in which Gastón Granados, president of Tristán Suarez, made the announcement in which the manager, after directing for several seasons in the Primera Division, returns to make his impact on the Primera B Metropolitana tournament and reinvigorate the struggling Tristán Suarez, not actually on relegation but far away from the leading teams in the Divisional.
Regarding the hiring, Caruso has stated that he won’t mind dropping down to divisions to manage (quoted accurately, he said “No se me caen los anillos por bajar dos divisiones” to the Gol de Vestuario website, which translates literally to “not dropping his rings because he has to drop down two divisions”).
The manager left the Quilmes primera división team recently after failing to agree on a new contract with the Quilmes board and their president, politician Anibal Fernandez (also head of the Argentine Hockey association), negotiating his debt while talking to president Granados and Alfredo Coto (main sponsor of Caruso’s hefty contract for a team with limited budget such as Tristán Suarez, and also owner of supermarket chain Coto) about his hiring, and in the meantime phoning in to players he’d like to bring in to the Tristan Suarez, many of them favourites of his such as Argentino’s former goalkeeper Pablo Migliore, who was relegated from Primera División team Argentinos Juniors, and who was nearly signed by Peñarol, but might be joining Caruso in the Ezeiza team.
Caruso Lombardi is widely known in the Argentine footballing world for his frequent brash, outspoken, often theatrical and always media-friendly manner by appearing in all sorts of media programs about football and outside of the football environment as well (gossip and mid-afternoon shows amongst them). For an example, for a remembered episode in which the Assistant Manager of Quilmes former manager Leonardo Carol Madelón, Fabián García, looked out for Caruso after Ricardo accused Madelón of foul play and for conspiring to get him booted off San Lorenzo, as well as calling the Assistant Manager an “assasin” (Fabian Garcia killed a thief in self defense back in 2008 while living in Rosario, after struggling with the delinquent that was holding a weapon to his son’s head). The theatrics didn’t work and Caruso’s mouth was just shot out beyond limits. Fabián García went on the lookout for Caruso at the TyC studios, and here’s what follows:
Needless to say, these kind of episodes/ media appearances are the bread and butter of Caruso Lombardi, for better or for worse.
On the footballing front, Caruso Lombardi is best known as a manager for certain purposes, to say, he has been signed for many times with the purpose of avoiding relegation, mostly in the Primera División teams he has directed such as Argentinos Juniors, Quilmes, San Lorenzo (at its time) and Racing Club. He has managed to save all of his teams with the exception of Quilmes, in 2010, after the resignation of Leonardo Carol Madelón.
With a hands-on pressure-off the players approach, Caruso coaches according to basic principles: keeping the game simple, focusing on deffensive coordination and team order. To say, it’s not that Caruso has ignored or paid no attention to the offensive side of the game, but in that manner Caruso holds a principle such as the one Bianchi has for his teams, based on catenaccio mottos: if the defence is working right, the offense will work itself. Nevertheless this approach the manager has, has worked for the purposes it was planned for on all occasions, but not farther from the purpose itself- Caruso hasn’t won any Primera Division titles.
Yet he has been known for his dealings in the transfer market by signing players in Primera División from the ascenso or leagues from the interior (divisions of the Argentino tournament) and such, and holding trials for new players from free agents and/or players from Ascenso divisions that pressure their teams into releasing them at least for tryouts. So and so, Caruso has yet managed to reinvigorate of give name to some of the most important names in Argentina’s football through his teams and his signing principles: players such as Nestor Ortigoza, Julio Buffarini, Juan Carlos Blengio or Hernán Boyero amongst many. But his failed signings have been known as well, such as the scandal that happened at Tigre with the colombian player Juan Camilo Angulo, whom, after failing to play on Primera Division, called on Caruso as a manager with intentions of only letting him play if he kicked back a proportion of his wage back to him. That prompted Caruso to resign from Tigre.
Caruso has been managing the last few years in Primera División teams such as Argeninos Juniors (2007 and 2013), Newell’s (2007-2008), Racing (2009), Tigre (2010), Quilmes (2011-12 and 2014) and San Lorenzo (2012). He has directed a myriad of ascenso teams before that, such as Defensores de Belgrano, Sportivo Italiano (two spells), Estudiantes de Caseros (two spells), Temperley, Platense, El Porvenir, All Boys and Tigre.
As a player, Caruso played in Argentinos Juniors, Sportivo Italiano, Atlanta, Almagro and Chacarita Juniors until his retirement in 1992 at Defensores de Belgrano. He is now set to start on monday (6/23) in the 20 de Octubre stadium for the first training season before pre-season starts.
The question will be: given Tristán Suarez’s low budget, unknown names, if he will be able to get the resources he needs to get promoted in first position, or if positively Caruso will be typecast as a relegation savior, though we doubt many people will also measure his success on the value of a Primera B result after so many seasons managing in Primera División.
El entrenamiento del 1° Equipo con la presentación de Caruso Lombardi pasó para las 14 hs del día lunes 23/6 en el Estadio 20 de Octubre!
— Club Tristán Suárez (@TSuarezOficial) June 20, 2014
As well as Granados presenting Caruso as its new manager.
Lunes 14:00 hs en el estadio comienza la era Caruso Lombardi al frente del 1er equipo d Tristán Suárez , le deseo el mayor de los éxitos (!)
— Gato Granados (@Gato_Granados) June 20, 2014