Pizzi leaves the position of coach of Racing Club de Argentina

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BUENOS AIRES, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Juan Antonio Pizzi stepped down as coach of Racing Club de Avellaneda on Monday after a series of poor results at the helm of the popular Argentine team, said the agent of the nationalized Spanish Argentine coach.

After being eliminated from the Copa Libertadores in the round of 16 and from the Copa Argentina by a rival from the second division, Racing lost on Sunday to its classic rival Independiente, which caused the departure of the technical director.

“There is an agreement for a separation,” Ricardo Schlieper, a representative of Pizzi, told Reuters. “In the next few days it will be closed,” he added.

The coach, champion of the 2016 Copa América with the Chilean national team, took over as head of the Argentine club in January with the expectation of repositioning Racing in the top positions, but the results and the good game were not accompanied.

Uruguayan Alexander Medina and Gabriel Heinze appear as the main candidates to succeed Pizzi, according to local press reports.

(Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo; Edited by Jorge Otaola)

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