Nacho Ambriz to lead the Eagle’s Nest
It took Club America less than a week to fill in the coaching vacancy after the firing of Uruguayan manager, Gustavo Matosas. At the club’s press conference, it was Club America’s President, Ricardo Peleaz, whom informed that both parties were parting due to professional differences as how the team was going to be rebuilt. Ricardo Peleaz noted that Matosas requested players which the team denied on account of salary cap issues. Within a few days, the Uruguayan coach stated that Peleaz misspoke on the matter and that he never put an ultimatum as to whom the club had to sign. Despite winning the CONCACAF Champions League last month, it became apparent that Matosas’ days were numbered on account of lackluster performances throughout the season.
With Ambriz’s arrival to the club, this would be the 3rd coaching change within the last two years. Under normal circumstances, the constant carousel of coaching changes is usually indicative of worrisome times, a reality that couldn’t be further from the truth. Within the last two years, the club has reached three domestic league finals and one international cup final, with 3 different manangers. With that sort of success rate, the current front office has to be given the benefit of the doubt, even though conventional wisdom shows unstability and failure with that amount of changes within that small time frame. They are the exception, not the rule.
As an avid Americanista, I must admit that the 2 managers that I did not want ended up not only proving me wrong, but making me a fan of theirs—Miguel ‘Piojo’ Herrera and Mario Carrillo.