The irregular results that Cruz Azul have had during Clausura 2022, added to the enmity that exists between Juan Reynoso and Jaime Ordiales, La Máquina’s sporting director, now have Los Cementeros looking for a replacement for the Peruvian coach once the season is over.
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After the first season of Reynoso in La Máquina, where he broke a 23-year drought without a Liga MX title for Cruz Azul, he hasn’t found a way to make the team play consistently, as they often go from periods of winning streaks to others where the luck is against them.
For Clausura 2022, it seemed like they found the balance to compete and succeed in the two tournaments they were playing, Liga MX and CONCACAF Champions League, as they were in the top four on the firs six games of the season.
But after the sudden departure of Álvaro Dávila and the return of Jaime Ordiales, tension grew within Cruz Azul, who now are eliminated of the CCL and have jeopardized their direct ticket to Liguilla, as they currently stand six, which is why Ordiales is looking for a new coach.
Nicolás Larcamón, one of the strongest candidates
Ordiales has been following closely Nicolás Larcamón, Club Puebla coach, given the success he’s had with Liga MX’s club with the lower market value, as he has made them a protagonist team in the three seasons that he’s coached La Franja.
Larcamón is under contract with Club Puebla until December, although his release clause of $900,000 is affordable for a team like Cruz Azul, who according to reports from sports journalist David Medrano, are interested in they young coach to replace Reynoso.
It’s worth noting that before Reynoso arrived at Cruz Azul,he was coaching Club Puebla, team that he helped reach Liguilla for the first time in over five years, but after they were eliminated by Club León in quarterfinals od Apertura 2020, La Franja decided to part ways with him to replace him with Larcamón.
Is Larcamón willing to arrive at Cruz Azul?
Given the good performances that La Franja have had in the past 18 months, Larcamón has been linked to several Liga MX clubs as well as Mexico National Team. He’s said that his dream is to coach a national team like the Mexican, but for that to happen, he knows he first needs to coach a bigger team, just like Cruz Azul.