Paco Jemez to continue at Cruz Azul

Pedro Pardo
The Spanish coach oversaw a disappointing campaign in his first season in charge but will stay in Liga MX for now, the club announced Thursday.

Spanish manager Paco Jemez will continue at Cruz Azul despite a disappointing debut tournament, sporting director Eduardo de la Torre announced Thursday.

"The manager is continuing," De La Torre said at a news conference. "This project is just started and the list of transferrable players will be (public) next week. We're four or five months into this project."

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The sporting director, nicknamed "Yayo," said the club was disappointed with the slow start over the first eight matches but took inspiration from a strong stretch over the next eight games, with La Maquina getting three of their four victories during the second half of the season.

"He had a style of play that was respected and enjoyed and there are signals that make us think that by giving continuity, this process can be capitalized upon," De La Torre said.

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Cruz Azul now has missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive tournament, but De La Torre said the club will make additions in the offseason that should help it break that streak.

"We've already talked with the president and coach and have put forward the positions where we require (additions), needs, and it won't be easy," De La Torre said. "We're confident in getting what we want."

The club's current players have one more match in this tournament, closing out the Clausura with a trip to Leon. But they too are already looking toward the next campaign, which they hope will see Cruz Azul return to the postseason.

"The reality is that Cruz Azul always has to be on top and it's not the ideal situation," winger Martin Cauteruccio, who arrived in the winter, told Record. "It's not the situation we wanted, but we're longing to have revenge and that those people who like to talk and like to put us down — and there are a lot — might shut their traps."