Five days after the resignation of Marcelo Tinelli from the presidency of San Lorenzo, the club’s second vice president, Matías Lammens, contacted the opposition and llaunched a call for elections forecast for the end of the year. He announced it through a letter addressed to the club members.
The current Minister of Tourism and Sports of the Nation wrote: “I think that the best thing for the club is that its authorities be re-elected. The partners elected a president who today is not more in that role and calling elections would be the right thing to do.” And he asked to settle the differences at the polls: “It is time to call on all sanlorencistas to a great agreement that allows us to go through the next pass market and the election of the coaching staff with peace of mind”.
He also dedicates words to Tinelli: “Marcelo’s resignation puts us in a situation that requires, once again, the commitment of all”, he contextualizes first to, later, maintain: “I know that many are angry with this moment and I understand them; they are right to be“. In another passage of the letter to “partners, partners and fans” of San Lorenzo, Lammens left a self-criticism: “Of course that also there were mistakes and i accept them; but always, always, I made the decisions with him Heart in the hand“, wrote.
Lammens was president of San Lorenzo in two periods and since January 2020 he is the 2nd vice. Photo: Marcelo Carroll
After the public slam of Tinelli’s door (he has not yet submitted his official resignation at the club), a series of internal meetings began at the Ciclón with the aim of reordering the political structure. There were rumors of more resignations, including that of Lammens, although those around him denied Clarion so emphatically that he is thinking of stepping aside now. Of course, Alberto Fernández’s official has decided not to join the list that conforms to the ruling party, so his participation in the Barça institution has an expiration date before 2023.
After several talks between the directors of the Board of Directors, it was determined that the best way to face this political crisis that San Lorenzo is going through was to advance the vote scheduled for the end of next year. This, likewise, must be approved by the Board of Directors. The formal call will be made in the next few hours.
Due to the statutory deadlines, it is estimated that the elections will not be held before October or November of this year. Meanwhile, Lammens in his letter called on the opposition groups to join the Football Council that will be formed to make the urgent football determinations of a team that will have a very compromised average next season.
In the next few days, it will be necessary to choose the new coach (Néstor Gorosito is the name that most seduces in the ruling party at the moment) and also rearm a squad that will need reinforcements of hierarchy and experience since there are plenty of youth.
Lammens’s intention with this decision is to break the hot climate in which San Lorenzo has been involved for a long time, as a result of the fans’ weariness due to sporting failures and economic problems. In addition, in the last semester, the different groups of the opposition were unified to raise their demands and mobilized, first to the headquarters of Av. La Plata and then to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Lammens.
Thus, the director who, along with Tinelli, is the target of reproaches and insults from supporters in each local game, seeks to calm things down, pacify the dense atmosphere, reconcile and try to harmonize with all the sectors that demanded this gesture. “He talks about elections because he respects the will of the partner and in no way wants to cling to power”comment close to the national minister.
“Only the lack of governability makes a vice 2nd announce early elections. We lost a year, we deepened the crisis. Tinelli must formalize his resignation now! Now we must agree on the date and establish the call through institutional channels urgently,” he said. César Francis, the opposition member who is part of the Board of Directors. He is the only opposition voice within the leadership.
For the ruling party, however, the main thing will be to straighten out the football issue. For this reason, as the days go by and after the important decisions have been made regarding the first team before the start of the next tournament, the idea will be to talk with all the parties about the date of the elections.
San Lorenzo will close its poor performance in the Professional League Cup this Friday against Racing in a New Gasometer that will once again act as a thermometer for this tough institutional moment.
The complete letter of Lammens to the partners of San Lorenzo
Matías Lammens does not resign as vice president of San Lorenzo. He pretends to be the one in charge of a transition. EFE photo.
To the members, partners and fans of San Lorenzo:
I stopped being president of San Lorenzo on December 28, 2019, two and a half years ago, when my term ended and I assumed the position of Minister of Tourism and Sports.
You all know that during the 7 years that I presided over the club I was working day and night to put San Lorenzo at the top.
We managed to fulfill many of our dreams: the long-awaited Libertadores, final with Real Madrid and we bought the land on Av. La Plata. Everything that seemed impossible was possible. In addition, the club had the historical record of members, a exponential wealth growth, we built the sports center in Boedo and put all the disciplines of the club in a privileged place. We were champions in basketball, futsal, volleyball and tennis.
of course also there were mistakes and i accept them; but always, always, I made the decisions with my heart in my hand.
San Lorenzo is much more to me than a club, a football team or the 11 players who take to the pitch on Sunday. San Lorenzo is my history, my family and it is, above all, the place where i took refuge and that held me in the hardest moment of my life, when my dad died at my 7 years. There it was not only going to the field on weekends, but also growing up playing the Lorenzo Massa tournament at the Ciudad Deportiva. I tell this because it explains, in a way, why I will always be there when I think I can help San Lorenzo.
Now, Marcelo’s resignation puts us in a situation that requires, once again, everyone’s commitment with Saint Lawrence.
I think the best thing for the club is that their authorities be re-elected. The partners elected a president who today is no longer in that role and calling elections would be the right thing to do.
Meanwhile, it’s time to summon all sanlorencistas to a great agreement that allows us to go through the next transfer market and the election of the coaching staff with peace of mind. A Football Council will be set up which will be invited to participate to all political groups to make the decisions in that central area for the club.
The ravens we know that when we are all together, nothing stops us. Already there will be time in the elections to settle differences. Today we have to be united: the best version of our club always appears there.
When we started our management, in 2012, there were 8 professional contracts on campus, folk pots in the Sports City of the employees who did not get paid and the youths bathed with cold water in the middle of winter.
But, with the support of EVERYONE, we pulled it off. Only the fans of San Lorenzo know what was achieved from then on: from the most visible successes, the sports ones, to the institutional and patrimonial ones.
Today I know many are angry with this moment and I understand them; they are right in being
I am the first who wants to see San Lorenzo well. We all want that. Therefore, let’s settle the differences in the elections. And in the meantime, let’s all work together to put the club back in the place it deserves and should be.
A hug, Matias.