The 1-0 victory of Tigres over Cruz Azul made Juan Reynoso’s future in La Máquina hang by a thread, as the Peruvian coach needs to win a new title this semester if he wants to remain in Los Cementeros’s dugout and fulfill his contract.
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Reynoso still has six more months of contract with La Máquina after Clausura 2022 ends, but given the irregular results that Cruz Azul has had in the past year, the board of directors have wondered if he’s the right fit for Cruz Azul moving on.
As if that wasn’t enough, the enmity that exists between Reynoso and Jaime Ordiales, who returned to Cruz Azul as sporting director once Clausura, has given the Peruvian coach few opportunities of remaining for next season.
Ordiales has been looking for a replacement since he returned to Cruz Azul, and it seems like he already found him, which is why Cruz Azul will have to beat Tigres by two or more goals in the second leg of the quarterfinals if they want Reynoso to remain as their coach.
Who is the coach that will replace him?
For the past few weeks, names like Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti, Hugo Sánchez and even Nicolás Larcamón have been linked to La Máquina, and even if Sánchez still has a chance of resuming his coaching career, Ordiales is also in conversations with a former Cruz Azul player.
According to reports, Ordiales is considering having Christian “Chaco” Giménez as the new coach of La Máquina if the option of Hugo Sánchez doesn’t transcend, given that he’s one of the idols that Cruz Azul has had in recent years and that he knows how the institution works.
“Chaco” Giménez already has experience coaching, although not in Mexico’s top flight, as he coached Cancún FC in Liga de Expansión during the 2020-21 season and then he signed with Club Atlético Atenas, from Uruguay’s second division.
How much will Cruz Azul have to pay for his arrival?
Currently, “Chaco” Giménez is working as the assistant coach of Mazatlán FC, where he shares locker room with Gabriel Caballero, his former teammate in CF Pachuca. La Máquina will only have to negotiate his salary, as he doesn’t have a release clause on his contract.