River sack coach after seven games without win

Buenos Aires: Relegation-threatened Argentine giants River Plate sacked coach Angel Cappa after seven matches without a win.

"At no moment did I think of resigning...I wasn`t expecting this (sacking)," Cappa told TyC Sports television in an interview confirming the River board had decided to end his contract.

River, 11th in the Apertura championship with 18 points from 13 matches after a 1-0 upset defeat by promoted All Boys on Sunday, face arch-rivals Boca Juniors next weekend under caretaker JJ Lopez.

Passarella, former River defender and coach and Argentina`s 1978 World Cup-winning captain, appointed Cappa in April five matches before the end of last season after he steered Huracan to a surprise second place in the 2008-09 Clausura championship.

"My contract was for 38 matches and this is very soon to make a decision," Cappa said. "I was in a process of looking (for my team). In 18 matches I had 50 percent of the points which isn`t bad."

Former River midfielder and coach Americo Gallego is favourite to take charge of the team, who languish in a promotion playoff berth with a poor three-season relegation average.

Gallego has been out of a job since he coached Independiente last season but did not have his contract renewed in June.

It has been one of the worst seasons ever for both of Argentina`s biggest and most successful clubs with Boca in 13th place one point behind River.

Juan Sebastian Veron`s Estudiantes lead the championship, the first of two in the season, with 30 points. Velez Sarsfield are second with 27 points.

Bureau Report