former Argentine player Gabriel Heinze He assumed this Monday his position as coach of Newell’s Old Boysthe club in which he began and ended his career as a footballer, with the goal of “day to day, building a group and then a team”, as he explained at a press conference.
for now, Heinze commented that international competitions -such as the Copa Sudamericana in which Newell’s must participate next year – are not part of their priorities.
“I am focusing on the day to day, we still have to build a group and then a team. International competitions are very nice for the players, the fans, the leaders, but we are far from that,” he added.
In addition, he indicated that returning to the club in which he made his debut in 1997 and in which he retired as a player, in 2014, fills him with emotions, but that “it was not difficult for him to return”.
After a year of debuting with the ‘lepers’, he spent almost his entire sports career in European clubs, such as Paris Saint-Germain, Man Utd or the real Madriduntil his return to Argentina.
“If we talk about feelings there are many and the decision to be here is a large percentage of what one feels for this club,” said Heinze.
The former international defender considered that being a coach encompasses giving players tools so they can grow, enhance individuality and then take it to the collective level.
“I am going to do the same as when I came before: it will be with a lot of passion, a lot of dedication, a lot of effort. We will give everything we can and that’s it,” he said.
The ‘Gringo’ comes from directing the Atlanta United (2021) of the American League of Soccer (MLS), from which he was allegedly fired for using unconventional training methods that had violated the United States collective bargaining agreement.
Previously, he trained the Argentines Godoy Cruz, Argentine Juniors Y Velez Sarsfield.
As to Newell’s, Heinze He considered that the analysis of the squad is done and that now it will be necessary to make decisions to ask for reinforcement players.
“What most concerns us is that there is competition between players, the positions are already designated for what we believe this team needs,” he closed.