Relegation-threatened Liga MX side Chivas de Guadalajara have turned to former national manager Jose Manuel de la Torre in a bid to improve their fortunes.
Chivas de Guadalajara are Mexico’s most successful club. With eleven league titles, two Copa MX wins, a Champions League triumph and a Copa Libertadores runners-up spot, few would expect them to be struggling to retain their first division status.
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Mexico uses a 3-year points average to determine who gets relegated each season, meaning the fact that Chivas are fifteenth in the ‘table de descenso’ (relegation table) points to a long-term decline rather than a temporary blip.
In a bid to avoid the ignominy of being relegated for the first time in their illustrious history they have turned to ‘Chepo’ de la Torre – the man who was Mexico manager until a disastrous sequence of results in 2013 saw them come within two minutes of missing out on qualification to the World Cup.
De la Torre is, remarkably, Chivas’ seventh manager since January 2013. It is the second time he will have managed the club, having also been in charge between March 2006 and September 2007 – a period during which Chivas won their most recent league title.
For now, thoughts of titles are far away. The side are in a four-way relegation battle with Veracruz, Puebla and Leones Negros. Getting enough points between now and May in order to survive is the first priority.