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LaVolpe takes over as Chivas head coach

Ricardo LaVolpe takes over as Chivas head coach.
Ricardo LaVolpe takes over as Chivas head coach.

Time and opportunities ran out for Jose Luis Real as head coach for Chivas de Guadalajara. The 4-0 loss in the “Clasico” against Club America sealed his fate as Guadalajara president Jorge Vergara said farewell to Real and announced former Mexican National Team coach Ricardo LaVolpe as the head of the Rebaño Sagrado.

According to ESPN Deportes, Chivas made the announcement at mid-day and have not officially signed LaVolpe as the new coach. However, LaVolpe did travel to Guadalajara to meet with the team and is expected to sign today.

In 13 weeks at the helm, Real did not have a bad tournament. Chivas is currently in the 10th position of La Liga MX with 17 points, same as Xoloitzcuintles and Atlas FC. However, Real not only lost the “Clasico,” he lost it in the worst way Chivas have fallen to their bitter rival in 70 years. Vergara publicly announced changes on Monday, of which now included replacing Real.

LaVolpe has made a career in Mexico playing his last four years as a professional with Atlante FC then Oaxtepec before becoming that team’s coach. In Mexico he has managed eight teams with one league title. He managed two teams in Argentina, including the legendary Boca Juniors. At the national team level he took Mexico to the Germany 2006 World Cup where he lost in the Round of 16 to his native Argentina. He briefly managed Costa Rica but was dismissed due to poor performance.

Chivas de Guadalajara has not performed well in the last decade falling into relegation danger this tournament. Since 2011, the team has gone through six coaches. Chivas have not reached the playoffs since the Apertura 2012 when the team was under Johan Cruyff’s chosen John Van’t Schip. LaVolpe becomes the 20th coach to take over the helm of one of Mexico’s most popular clubs since Vergara took over as president of the institution.

Once LaVolpe signs he will take over the team and lead them through week 14 of the Clausura 2014 against CF Pachuca. LaVolpe is expected to lead the team through the Apertura 2014.