Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre has returned to coaching, 13 months after leaving Mexico’s national team on the brink of elimination in Brazil 2014 qualification.
De la Torre was handed a three-year contract as the new coach at struggling Chivas Guadalajara, the first club he managed at back in 2006.
“I’m very excited, the time away has helped me to keep growing as a person and as a professional,” said De la Torre in a press conference in Guadalajara on Tuesday. “Independent of the circumstances the team finds itself in, the challenge is very interesting and something I like.”
The former Toluca coach takes over a side in 16th place in the league and facing a battle with Veracruz, Puebla and Leones Negros to avoid relegation to the second division next May, something that would be disastrous for a club regarded as one of the two most popular in Mexico.
“It is a complicated process and we are going to need patience,” stated de la Torre. “There’s no option but to get the team out of the relegation danger zone as soon as possible.”
De la Torre will have time to work with the all-Mexican squad during the international break, before he makes his debut in this spell in charge of Chivas on Oct. 18 on the road against Leon.