Chivas fires John Van't Schip, hires Benjamin Galindo

The Dutch coach was let go by the Mexican club just days after the firing of special adviser Johan Cruyff
John Van’t Schip was fired as coach of Chivas de Guadalajara and replaced by former Santos coach Benjamin Galindo, the club announced on Thursday.

Van’t Schip’s position with Chivas had been in jeopardy since the firing of special adviser Johan Cruyff, who brought in the former Ajax and Genoa player in at the beginning of Apertura 2012 for what was promised to be a long-term project, but only lasted less than six months.

Chivas published the following statement regarding Van't Schip's dismissal on their website early Thursday morning: "We hereby inform the public and press that after a detailed period of analysis, Mr. John van't Schip has been relieved as the first-team manager for Chivas. Guadalajara thanks Mr. Van't Schip for his professionalism and wishes him success in his next projects in the future."

With the Dutch coach at the helm, Chivas qualified to the Apertura 2012 playoffs in eighth place before being bounced out by eventual finalists, Toluca. In the CONCACAF Champions League, however, Van't Schip was far less successful, unable to take Guadalajara out of the group stage, the first time a Mexican league team did not make the knockout stages of the regional tournament.

Galindo previously led Chivas for three tournaments in the mid-'00s.

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