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Ricardo Valino out as Puebla manager

2:06 AM GMT+4 31/01/2017
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The club, sitting at the basement of Liga MX, has dismissed its coach after another defeat this weekend.

After four weeks that resulted in just one point, Puebla has parted ways with coach Ricardo Valino and announced Jose Cardozo as his replacement.

The central Mexico club earned its first point of the Clausura in Round 3 with a scoreless draw against Queretaro, but this weekend's 2-0 defeat to Santos Laguna was too much for Valino to survive.

In addition to the poor start to league play, Puebla also is fighting against relegation. Currently, the team is fourth from the bottom of Liga MX's table that adds up the points from the Clausura plus the previous five tournaments, divides by matches played and sends the team with the worst mark down to the second division. But while the team is not currently on the chopping block, it has slipped farthest this tournament compared to its rivals, and the club is moving quickly to stop the skid.

The 46-year-old managed two Ascenso MX teams before taking his first top-division job at Puebla in April 2016.

Cardozo, a Paraguyan coach, will take over his fourth Liga MX side after spells at Queretaro, Toluca and Chiapas.