The Argentinian Ricardo La Volpe has stopped being coach of Toluca this Monday after reaching an agreement with the board, a day to finish the championship, leaving it in the second to last place of the Opening 2019 Liga MX, with 16 points out of 51 disputed and for two weeks without the possibility of qualifying the Liguilla.
The Argentine arrived at the beginning of March to finish the previous tournament and was able to start the next one since the preseason. However, errors in planning and understanding with players eventually caused their departure.
It was the second stage with the Toluca. The first was from June 2001 to December 2002 after doing a successful job and jumping to the bench of the Mexican national team, which would command the World Cup in Germany 2006. Now him Toluca will be directed by the former player Jose Manuel Cruz Alta.
The causes and consequences
After 17 years of directing in other clubs, the board of directors of Toluca He opted for his return with the purpose of putting together a base of rookie players who had future projection. Although it had positive results at the beginning, this 2019 Opening tournament was embarrassing.
On more than one occasion, La Volpe He accepted the guilt of the bad run and subtracted pressure from his players. He said he had chosen the reinforcements poorly, so he expected results once they had an adaptation process.
However, things did not improve and after a poor performance last Saturday in the field of Leon, where they fell thrashed 4-0, the board decided to fire him with just eight months of work. In this second stage with the Toluca, La Volpe He led 25 games, won eight, lost 10 and drew seven.
Things seemed to improve once one of his trusted former players, the Mexican naturalized Brazilian Antonio Naelson Sinha, assumed the position of sports director and would work hand in hand with his mentor to nurture the first team of youth elements that were trusted.
That didn't work either. He Toluca He didn't find his way and he got involved in problems within the field. Although their contract stipulated a duration until June 2020, both parties decided that it was best to break relations.
The technical sheet of La Volpe
La Volpe began his career as a coach in Mexico in 1983. He went through Oaxtepec, Angeles, Atlante, Guadalajara, America, Atlas, Toluca, Monterrey and Chiapas. After the World Cup in Germany 2006 when leading to Mexico, went to the Argentine league with Boca Juniors and Velez Sarsfield.
He also directed the Costa Rican national team and the Pyramids in Egypt. In all that time he counts a league title, that of 1992 with the Atlantean.
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