The 1-0 defeat of Cruz Azul against Chivas on Saturday night added to the elimination on the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, are pointing towards the inevitable destitution of Juan Reynoso once Clausura 2022 is over.
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The roster that La Máquina build for this season was made to fight for the two tournaments that Los Cementeros would play during the first half of 2022, as they’re one of the biggest and well-rounded rosters of Liga MX.
But that wasn’t enough for them to at least make it to the final of the CCL, as they were eliminated by Pumas on a 1-0 aggregate. And now that they needed to prove that they were fully invested on obtaining their second Liga MX title since 2021, they couldn’t beat Chivas in one of their worst moments.
That’s why Cruz Azul is already looking for a coach to replace Juan Reynoso, especially since Jaime Ordiales, La Máquina sporting director, dislikes the Peruvian coach and is looking for a reason to sack him once Clausura 2022 is over.
Who is the coach that will replace Reynoso?
Overall, Reynoso hasn’t done a bad job, especially since losing some players due to injuries and Brayan Angulo, who rescinded his contract and moved to Brazilian soccer, but given the pressure that exists in a team like Cruz Azul, “not a bad job” is not enough.
That’s why Ordiales has imposed a new condition for Reynoso if he wants to keep coaching Cruz Azul: to win a title this semester. If Reynoso doesn’t manage to win in Liga MX, his stint in La Máquina will come to an end and he’ll be replaced by Matías Almeyda.
According to the Argentine coach, Jaime Ordiales already tried to sign him once, but La Máquina preferred to hire Juan Reynoso. Now that Reynoso is on the last part of his contract and Almeyda can sign with any team he wants, his arrival to Cruz Azul could finally materialize.
What will it take for Cruz Azul to sign Almeyda?
Cruz Azul is not the only team interested in the experienced coach, who is in conversations with San Jose Earthquakes to leave the club in the upcoming days. La Máquina will have to offer him a salary over $2 million per season if they want to convince him to arrive at his second Liga MX club.