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Chivas fire coach on eve of new soccer season

January 3, 2013

Just one day before the beginning of Mexico’s Clausura 2013 professional soccer season, Chivas de Guadalajara fired Dutch coach John van’t Schip on Thursday.

Benjamin Galindo, who spent two spells at Chivas as a player and later returned to coach the side from 2000 to 2001, has been appointed as the replacement coach. Galindo won the Liga MX in last year’s Clausura 2012 with Torreon side Santos Laguna.

The dismissal of van’t Schip was perhaps inevitable, firing of fellow Dutchman Johan Cruyff – the club advisor who had recommended his appointment – on the last day of the Apertura 2012 season last month.

“Chivas’ problem is its organization and its owner, Jorge Vergara,” said Cruyff, who is considered one of the greatest soccer players and coaches of all time, on Wednesday. Vergara, the owner of Grupo Omnilife who bought Chivas in 2002, also came in for stinging criticism from Todd Beane, the director of the Johan Cruyff Institute.

“Football people should decide football matters, not people who sell Omnilife products,” Beane told Medio Tiempo on Thursday. “They say they brought us in to decide everything, but in the end (Grupo Omnilife CEO) Angelica Fuentes decides … Fuentes and Vergara will have to answer for their behaviour.”

Click here for my feature for Soccer365 on how Jorge Vergara is impending Chivas’ progress.

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