Jose Guadalupe Cruz was announced as the new Monterrey coach on Monday, taking over from Victor Manuel Vucetich, who was fired following Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Leon and a poor start to the season for Los Rayados.
‘Profe’ Cruz has previously managed Atlante and Chiapas, guiding the former to the 2009 CONCACAF Champions League, and is considered one of the best rising coaches in Mexico. Cruz follows in the footsteps of the most successful manager Monterrey has ever had in Vucetich, who won two league titles and three consecutive CONCACAF Champions League crowns in his four years at the club.
Considering his success, the firing of Vucetich came somewhat of a shock, although the team has won just once in the first seven games of the Apertura championship.
The start of Monterrey’s season was disrupted when Valencia announced it would be meeting Colombian international Dorlan Pabon’s buyout clause and young starlet Jesus Corona stated he was intent on a move to Europe.
Nevertheless, the immediate future of the club is bright for Cruz, with a place in December’s Club World Cup already secured, a new stadium due to open next year and a squad in which most the starters are full internationals. Cruz begins his tenure as Monterrey coach away against Altamira in the Copa MX on Wednesday, followed by a home game Saturday against Atlas in the Liga Bancomer MX.