Text  Larger | Smaller | Default


New role for Scaloni

Filed: Friday, 3rd August 2018
By: Staff Writer

Former Hammer Lionel Scaloni has been named as the new interim manager of the Argentinian national side.

Following the dismissal of the colourful Jorge Sampaoli, who left his post after Argentina's disappointing World Cup campaign ended, the Argentinian FA have announced that Scaloni - alongside Pablo Aimar - will take control of the team on a temporary basis.

Embed from Getty Images

"The AFA informs that, after the meeting of the executive committee, Lionel Scaloni will direct the next friendlies of the Argentine national team, along with his assistants Pablo Aimar and Martín Tocalli," read a brief statement from the AFA.

Scaloni is of course well known to Hammers fans, having spent the latter half of the 2005/06 campaign on loan at the Boleyn Ground during Alan Pardew's tenure and having featured in the 2006 FA Cup Final.

Having fallen out with then-manager Joaquín Caparros, Scaloni left Spanish side Deportivo in order to join the Hammers on the final day of the 2006 winter transfer window - effectively replacing the outgoing Tomas Repka at right back.

And despite fitting in well during his brief stay at West Ham, it will be for his error in the closing minute of the FA Cup Final that he will always be remembered by Hammers fans.

Embed from Getty Images

For it was Scaloni's panicky clearance that fell to the feet of Steven Gerrard, allowing the Liverpool captain to equalise and sent the match into extra time...

Since hanging up his boots at the age of 35 Scaloni has been coaching with Seville, where he was assistant to Sampaoli before the latter was named as Argentina's national coach. He is one of eight Argentine players to have represented West Ham - the others being Mauricio Taricco, Javier Mascherano, Carlos Tevez, Mauro Zarate, Manuel Lanzini, Jonathan Calleri and Pablo Zabaleta.

Related News

   arrow   New role for Scaloni [3rd Aug 2018]
   arrow   French lead the way in West Ham imports [21st Sep 2017]
   arrow   Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United [16th Apr 2014]
   arrow   Are we Argentina in disguise? [1st Sep 2006]
   arrow   Fans forum update [24th Aug 2006]
   arrow   Clarke set for Black Cats [3rd Aug 2006]
   arrow   Only Scaloni (reprise) [10th Jul 2006]
   arrow   Ins and outs [23rd May 2006]
   arrow   No luck for Nigel [22nd May 2006]
   arrow   West Ham Utd 1 Liverpool 2 [26th Apr 2006]

Your Comments

Please note that this section is for comments relating to the above news item only. Any off-topic or abusive posts will be removed. Posts including either links and/or foul language are automatically filtered and will not be published. To engage in further discussion on any of our news stories, visit the KUMB Forums.

Not a member of the KUMB Forums? You may register for free membership here.

comments powered by Disqus
News Image

On This Day ...

One Year Ago
Find me a new club, orders Hernandez
Javier Hernandez has instructed his agent to find him a new club - after be...more
Three Years Ago
West Ham United 2-2 Manchester City
West Ham were eight minutes away from completing the double over Manchester City before Sergio Aguer...more
Five Years Ago
Striker deal agreed - Di Marzio
Roma striker Marco Boriello has agreed a deal to join West Ham on loan for the remainder of the seas...more