Through the first four games played in the Liga MX Clausura 2014 season, we have already seen two coaching changes. The first was with Atlante who after their Week 2 loss to fellow relegation threatened Veracruz fired Ruben Israel and replaced him with Pablo Marini. The second coaching change came after the just completed Week 4 play as Monarcas Morelia let go off Carlos Bustos and brought in Eduardo ‘Yayo’ De La Torre in a change that made no sense but had to do with involvement of a super agent.
Entering Week 5 play in the Liga MX Clausura 2014 season, there are several other coaches who with a loss in their upcoming games this weekend might be shown the door and told their services as coach are no longer required. Ironically enough, we can look at the next installment of the ‘Clasico Regiomontano’ as a game featuring coaches who could be fired with a loss. For Tigres UANL coach Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti, the pressure on him and questions of whether or not his time as Tigres coach has come to its end have increased with each successive game.
In addition to Tigres only having one point from its first four games, the team has looked lost and without any attacking bite despite the fact that they have one of the most talented squads in the Liga MX. This has served to increase the number of questions surrounding how he decides to tactically plan a game out, and a loss to bitter rival Monterrey could mean that for the first time in his career, Ferretti is fired in season — something that since the Mexican first division went to the two season format is unheard of.
Speaking of Monterrey, a loss to Tigres in the ‘Clasico Regiomontano’ on Saturday could also mean that the short reign of Jose Guadalupe Cruz can come to an end after Saturday’s game. The fact is that after what happened in the FIFA Club World Cup, Cruz has not enjoyed any support from the fanbase even as he took over last season. A loss on Saturday coupled with everything else would mean the directors within Monterrey have to fire Cruz for the sake getting rid of some of the negative energy that has been building up since late last year.
In addition to the coaches involved in the ‘Clasico Regiomontano’ being on the hot seat, several coaches are also in danger losing their jobs with a loss. The first is Atlas coach Tomas Boy who has not enjoyed the honeymoon start he and others were expecting when he returned to the team. Club directors have come out and said that they could not guarantee Boy job security with another loss, and this is a clear signal his days are numbered.
While those three stand out as being obvious candidates, a couple of other coaches whocould also be fired after this upcoming weekend’s round of games include Ruben Omar Romano of Puebla, Juan Antonio Luna of Veracruz and Sergio Bueno of Jaguares de Chiapas. In the Liga MX, seeing four or five coaching changes during a torneo has become routine business with the short two season format creating panic and hysteria amongst club directors when teams don’t win. After this upcoming weekend’s slate of games, we could see several coaching changes that even for the Liga MX would be a shear sign of panic and craziness.