Matías Almeyda Faces a New Challenge: Saving Chivas

Lead Photo: Photo by Maxi Failla
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Matías “El Pelado” Almeyda has been confirmed as new head coach of Chivas de Guadalajara, just one day after the dismissal of José Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre.

Chepo was sent packing after failing to accumulate more than seven points from Chivas’ first eight game weeks. The former Mexico manager took the helm of the Liga MX side for the second time in October 2014, and managed to guide them out of relegation and into the Clausura semis in 2015. He was also in charge when Chivas won their last title in 2006. His brother, Nestor de la Torre, was also let go from his position as club president.

Matías Almeyda will attempt to steer a side threatened by relegation – which also just so happens to be the youngest squad in the league – into safety. Despite having no Liga MX experience, the former Argentine international is best known for guiding River Plate out of a similarly difficult situation (and back into the first division) in 2012, so his attacking style might be just what Chivas needs.

Almeyda joins Chivas from Banfield, and will be the eighth coach since the start of 2013.