Jonas Gutierrez (foto: /)
Almagro, a club with a less than stellar recent season, has announced the appointment of Jonás Gutiérrez as their new sports manager for the upcoming 2024 season.
Last season, Almagro, based in José Ingenieros, had a challenging run. Despite reaching the Copa Argentina's round of 16, where they were eliminated by Boca Juniors on penalties after a 2-2 draw, their overall performance in the championship was underwhelming. The team finished the season 17th, with just 37 points from 36 matches, consisting of nine wins, ten draws, and 17 losses. Almagro narrowly avoided relegation after a decision by the AFA to cancel the relegation play-offs, allowing them to remain in the Primera Nacional for another season.
With a more settled environment, Almagro's board has begun preparations for 2024, and one of their first major decisions was to bring in Jonás Gutiérrez as the new sports manager.
Gutiérrez's extensive playing career and his victorious battle against testicular cancer are noteworthy. He debuted with Vélez in 2005, winning the Clausura tournament that year. His impressive performance caught the attention of European clubs, leading to a €3.5 million transfer to Mallorca.
He later joined Newcastle in 2008, signing a five-year deal. In 2013, Gutiérrez faced a significant challenge when diagnosed with testicular cancer, from which he recovered by November 2014. He returned to Argentina in 2016, playing for Defensa y Justicia and then Independiente, winning the Copa Sudamericana in 2017, before retiring at Almagro in 2021.
Gutiérrez also made his mark on the Argentine national team, debuting in 2008 against Brazil in the qualifiers for the 2010 South Africa World Cup.
He was part of the squad that traveled to the World Cup, playing in three of Argentina's five matches in the tournament.