San Lorenzo appoint former U's boss Diaz

December 24, 2006

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Former Argentina international Ramon Diaz was named as coach of San Lorenzo on Sunday.

Diaz replaces former Argentina defender Oscar Ruggeri, who was fired at the end of the Apertura championship after a string of poor results.

Ruggeri's team finished a modest 11th in the 20-team table, their results including a 7-1 home defeat by Boca Juniors and a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of River Plate. Their performances provoked angry anti-Ruggeri protests by the club's fans.

San Lorenzo vice-president Nestor Dafinotti told Argentine media that Diaz would be officially presented on Tuesday and had signed a one-year contract.

Diaz, 47, is closely associated with San Lorenzo's rivals River Plate, where he has won five Argentine titles and the South American Libertadores Cup.

He also had a brief stint with English side Oxford United.

Diaz, who was in Argentina's 1982 World Cup squad, is widely reported to be a bitter personal rival of Diego Maradona, whose influence is believed to have kept him out of Argentina's 1986 and 1990 World Cup squads during his playing days.