The former player and Chivas assistant has left his post in the Mexican federation to replace Benjamin Galindo on the sidelines for the storied club.Former Chivas player Juan Carlos Ortega has been named head coach of the Guadalajara side, replacing Benjamin Galindo, who was fired after the team’s 4-2 home loss to Puebla on Sunday.
Ortega was an assistant coach at Chivas for six years between 2003 and 2009 and has taken charge of two first team games, ironically in the interim when Galindo was first fired from Guadalajara back in 2005.
"We believe in Mexican footballers, in their capabilities,” the 45-year-old Ortega said in a press conference Monday. “All the squad has my complete confidence."
Chivas is currently struggling in 15th place in Liga Bancomer MX, with just one win in the last 11 league games. Nevertheless, Ortega said he is confident he can get the side rising up the league table.
“The team has the resources, I’ve known (the players) since they were very young,” Ortega, who resigned as director of youth teams at the Mexican soccer federation (FMF) to take the job, said defiantly..
Ortega is likely to be without key forward Marco Fabian as he starts his reign, with Chivas sporting president Dennis te Kloese announcing the player is in the final stages of signing for a club outside of Mexico.
“(The paperwork) is very advanced, that’s why we gave Marco Fabian some days rest to be with his family,” Te Kloese said.
He refused to name the club that the sought-after Mexico international is set to join.