Estudiantes’ preparations for the Clausura have been hit by news that coach Alejandro Sabella has resigned.
TyC Sports report that following a training session, Sabella went to club directors and confirmed his decision to quit.
The reasons for his departure are as yet unknown, although it is believed that a refusal to spend money in the transfer market played a part in his decision.
Sabella was assistant to Daniel Passarella, before moving into management for the first time in 2009 when he took over at the Pincha.
In a short time he has achieved success, taking Estudiantes to the 2009 Copa Libertadores title and the 2010 Apertura, and finishing runners up in the 2010 Clausura and the 2009 Club World Championship.
Sabella first indicated that he was considering resigning during an interview with Ole on Wednesday.
“I’ve stepped to one side, but I’m going to think about it,” Sabella told Ole.
He added that players and the club’s directors had tried to persuade him to stay “so I told them I would take time until tomorrow to give them my reply.”