MEXICO CITY - Three Mexican clubs
parted company with their coaches over the weekend
including Tijuana, who fired Joaquin del Olmo just four months
after he led them into the top flight for the first time.
America, the country's richest club, replaced Carlos Reinoso (pictured)
with Alfredo Tena and Guadalajara-based Atlas appointed Juan
Carlos Chavez after Argentine Ruben Omar Romano resigned.
Estudiantes Tecos, Queretaro and Santos Laguna have also
changed coaches since the 18-team Apertura, the first of two
championships in the Mexican season, started in late July.
Six points from nine games sealed Del Olmo's fate at
Tijuana, though his achievements were recognised and appreciated
by the club.
"The directors give enormous thanks to Del Olmo's work,"
said Tijuana in a statement shortly after Sunday's 2-0 home
defeat by Estudiantes Tecos.
"He brought the Tijuana team into the first division of
Mexican football and that is something that will always be
recorded in the illustrious history of this border town."
Chilean Reinoso quit America after eight months at the helm
following their 5-3 defeat to Chiapas and his replacement Tena
returns for a second stint having previously been in charge in
'Captain Fury', who has also coached Santos Laguna, Puebla,
Pachuca, Queretaro and Veracruz, will make his debut with the
Eagles against Tijuana on Saturday.
Romano resigned after only four months at Atlas after they
lost 4-2 to Pachuca at the weekend, leaving the Desert Foxes
bottom with five points.
His replacement Chavez led Mexico to third place at the
world under-20 championship in Colombia last month.
Chiapas, Cruz Azul and Guadalajara lead the table with 17
points with UANL a further point behind in fourth.
The teams meet each other once in the Apertura and the top
eight qualify for the play-off stage in a new system introduced
Previously, the clubs played each other once but were
confusingly divided into three groups.
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