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Argentinos Juniors manager Gabriel Milito made a substitution on the recommendation of a fan in his side's 2-0 win over Santa Fe Union at the weekend.
Gabriel Avalos bagged a brace for the Buenos Aires outfit, with the second strike settling the nerves in the 87th minute.
But Milito needed a bit of wisdom from a supporter in the stands behind the dugout.
The fan shouted down at Milito, former Barcelona player and brother of former Inter Milan star Diego, and called for him to bring a midfielder.
Managers regularly get told what to do from fans who think they know better and at this point it's part of football.
Yet, incredibly, Milito liked the tactical advice he received and he decided to listen to it.
Argentinos Juniors coach Gabriel Milito was talking to a fan in the middle of their match vs. Unión, with the fan advising him to put on a midfielder. Milito listened and made a substitution. 🇦🇷pic.twitter.com/vtclIs5jAL— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) August 15, 2022
The exchange happened in the 83rd minute and Milito elected to make a double change. Federico Redondo and Gaston Veron came off for Nicolas Reniero and Thiago Nuus as the hosts tried to see out the game.
Milito, who won two La Liga titles with Barcelona, revealed all about the discussion in his post-match presser and confirmed the fan stopped pestering him after the sub.
The fan was telling Gabriel Milito put a midfielder. Milito kept asking "Who, who".— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) August 15, 2022
In the press conference, Milito stated that when told to put a midfielder, he told him "Perfect, I know... Who?"
“We are in a democracy, complete freedom," he said.
"He asked me to put in a midfielder and I told him it matched. The issue was who got it. So we all feel the hero and take part in this creation of the game. He didn’t give me a name, and didn't me give me anything else.
"That decision sometimes takes a minute or two and people want everything right now, right now.
"We put Nicholas at the wheel and he didn’t bother me anymore after the change. So right there he liked this change. But he didn't annoy me."
The win for means Argentinos are fourth in the league after 13 games played. Their next fixture is the visit of Estudiantes on Friday but at this point it's unclear if Milito is ready to promote the fan to assistant manager.