Monterrey’s president of sports, Luis Miguel Salvador, is flanked by Carlos Barra Diaz (left) and Jose Trevino at a February 19, 2014, press conference. (Photo: Mexsport)
MONTERREY - Less than a year after winning a third straight CONCACAF Champions League title, Monterrey has made its second managerial change, when the club announced Tuesday that Jose Guadalupe Cruz has been relieved of his duties.
In his place, the Rayados named Carlos Barra and José Treviño as interim head coaches for the remainder of the season.
“Recognizing the particular sporting circumstances that is going through the team and understanding the difficulty of the challenge this represents, we have asked Carlos Barra Diaz and José Treviño on an interim basis to assume the team’s technical management for the rest of our participation in the Liga MX and Copa MX,” said Luis Miguel Salvador, Monterrey’s president of sports.
Monterrey currently is in a three-way tie for 14th place in the 18-team league. It has picked up six points in seven games, including one win, and is only two points ahead of last-place Tigres.
“For four tournaments, and despite getting a title in the CONCACAF Champions League, our team has experienced a trend of results that are far removed from those we seek,” expressed Salvador. “The obtained sporting dividends are not those which the institution intends permanently.
“The sporting situation we are experiencing is not something that we want and correcting it immediately is an urgent priority.”
In August 2013, Cruz replaced Victor Manuel Vucetich, who guided Monterrey to three CONCACAF crowns and two league championships. The 46-year-old, a former Atlante player, led the Rayados to a fifth-place finish at December’s FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.
“Our constant priority is to strengthen the sporting aspects, placing a special emphasis on observation and detection of talent that meets the profile in order to join our team to achieve goals that we have outlined,” stated Salvador. “The players, the technical group, the fans everybody in Monterrey have this most important cause in common.
“We all want Monterrey to win.”