Since Fernando “Tano” Ortíz took over Club América as interim coach in round 9 of Clausura 2022, Las Águilas have a record of 6 victories, one draw and one defeat, the latter being against CD Monterrey when “Tano” Ortíz was newly promoted and didn’t have time to train with the first team.
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The six victories in a row have given Las Águilas the opportunity of accessing Liguilla directly, as they currently stand fifth with just one point less than Club Puebla and Atlas. If La Franja and Los Zorros don’t manage to win their respective games, with a victory of Las Águilas over Cruz Azul they’ll classify as fourth.
The situation in which they currently are is even more impressive if it’s taken into consideration the fact that seven games ago,they were standing at the bottom of Liga MX table and didn’t have a chance of even making it to Repechaje with the way they were playing.
The outstanding results that “Tano” Ortíz has achieved in just half of the season have made him one of the top candidates to become Club América’s coach for the next season, something that Santiago Baños already considered, although he established some conditions to make that happen.
What conditions Baños established?
Club América can’t afford to have another crisis like the one they had with Santiago Solari, who left Las Águilas standing last in Clausura 2022 in what was their worst start in Liga MX in over 70 years, which is why they need to choose their next coach carefully.
According to reports from TUDN, Santiago Baños will start negotiating a new contract with Fernando Ortiz once Las Águilas’s participation in Clausura 2022 is over. For now, they’ll offer him a one-year contract, extending his stay in América until 2023.
But for that to happen, Ortiz has to fulfill three conditions established by Baños, two of which he already did. “El Tano” still needs to achieve one more goal, although it seems possible given the good performances they’re having: make it at least to the semifinals.
What were the other two conditions?
The first one was to earn as much points as possible during his stint as interim coach of Las Águilas to leave the bottom of the table, something they already did. The other one was to return to Repechaje spots, as its unthinkable that Club América could miss the final stage of a Liga MX tournament.