As was rumored on Wednesday night, Chivas announced officially on Thursday that it has fired John van't Schip as manager and replaced him with Benjamin gailndo.
The decision to bring back a fan favorite still received some backlash due to the timing, just days before the start of the Clausura 2013.
In an official press release, Chivas thanked Van't Schip for his time and work, despite it not living up to expectations. The team also informed that there were some tension between the manager and some first-team players, to the point of relegating them in favor of youth players.
Minutes later, in another release, the team announced Benjamin Galindo as the new manager for the coming season, who has already begin working with the team.
Galindo coached Chivas in the 2005 seasons, making this his second stint with the Mexican team.
Here are Galindo's numbres in the First Division (winning the title with Santos in the Clausura 2012):
|Cruz Azul||Clausura 2009||16||2||6||8||12||25%|
|Cruz Azul||Apertura 2008||17||7||5||5||26||51%|
GP: Games played
GW: Games won
GD: Games Drawn
As part of Terra's end of the year coverage, we provide you some content that highlights the best and worst of the year, from the biggest scandals to the most beautiful women. Here, we take a look at Jorge Vergara's controversial decade with Chivas.
On October 21, 2002 Vergara managed to take over 87 percent of Chivas, taking the team away from the Civil Association of Anonymous Society with the following conditions: making the team champions in less than five years, taking publicity off the teams jerseys, bringing the best manager in the world, building a stadium, and making Chivas the best team on the planet. Photo: Mexsport
- When Vergara took over the team, the team was under the management of the Promotora Guadalajara, with Salvador Martinez Garza as president, and Daniel Guzman as manager. They had decided to let the company keep the team until June 2003, but Vergara was able to force him out by December 2002. Photo: Mexsport
- Eduardo de la Torre was the first manager during the Vergara era, far from the best manager in the world. He was given players like Omar Rodriguez and Heriberto Ramon Morales who had neither pain nor glory. The one thing he did follow through on was retiring the sponsorships from the jerseys. The team was eliminated in the Clausura 2003 in the quarterfinals against Morelia. Photo: Mexsport
- The arrival of Juan Francisco Palencia could not change the negative results. In the 10th date of the Apertura 2003, Hans Westerhof took over. With the change in manager, Vergara got cockier. One of his more controversial statements was We saw a cute little kitty, after a victory over Pumas. Photo: Mexsport
- The first final in the Vergara era came in the Clausura 2004, when Chivas lost in penalty kicks as Rafael Medina sailed his kick over the goal. That season Salvador Carmona and Adolfo Bautista arrived at the team. That same year, Vergara funded Chivas USA to play in the MLS in 2005 while also buying stakes in Costa Ricas Saprissa. Photo: Mexsport
- Despite the success from Westerhof, Vergara decided to not extend his contract and put Benjamin Galindo in his place. The teacher and Chivas were eliminated by Atlas in the Apertura 2004 quarterfinals. Photo: Mexsport
- Benjamin Galindo had a bad time in the league, failing to qualify to the Clausura 2005 playoffs. Regardless, he reached the Copa Libertadores semifinals to where the team was eliminated by Paranaense, ensuring his continuation with the team. Photo: Mexsport
- Regardless, Jorge Vergara again became impulsive and released Galindo three games into the Apertura 2005 after he refused to allow some players to go on a television show. In his place, he put Xabier Azkargorta, who also failed to reach the playoffs. I made a mistake, accepted Vergara of the move. Photo: Mexsport
- In the Clausura 2006, Hans Westerhof returned, but by the tenth game he was let go. In his place came Jose Manuel de la Torre, who took Chivas to the semifinals and also reached the Copa Libertadores semifinals. After that season, sponsors returned to the Chivas jerseys. Photo: Mexsport
- On September 2006, Vergara sold the former Club Guadalajara installations in order to have the capital to build a new stadium. The pain was soon forgotten as the team won the Championship after defeating Toluca in the finals. It was then that Vergara promised that Ramon Morales would retire with Chivas. Just the same, he refused to extend Oswaldo Sanchez contract and he left for Santos Laguna. Photo: Mexsport
- The rivalry with Cuauhtemoc Blanco intensified as Vergara called him a Drunk when he refused to bet with the owner because he did not have the Money to pay. In the Clausura 2007 semifinals, America eliminated Chivas. After finding out that Hugo Sanchez had taken over the national team, Vergara said we will be world champions with Hugo in charge, no doubt. Photo: Mexsport
- Jorge Vergara never forgave Chepo de la Torre for allowing Adolfo Bautista to leave, so the second he had some bad results he was replaced by Efrain Juarez who took the team to the semifinals where they were eliminated by Atlante. Things did not improve in the next couple of tournaments, reaching the quarterfinals in the Clausura 2008 and not even reaching the playoffs in the Apertura 2008. Photo: Mexsport
- Vergara owes his nickname Huicho Dominguez to Ricardo Ferreti who went off on a rant after Chivas defeated Pumas in a game in which Chivas great Salvador Reyes was honored: Huicho Domingez? I mean, Jorge Vergara, I sometimes confuse him with the Huicho character who won the lottery, the vulgar one. I have nothing to say, we lost. Photo: Mexsport
- After failing to qualify in the 2008 Olympic qualifiers, Vergara went with everything against Hugo Sanchez: He failed because he doesnt work, he doesnt know. Forget about him, he needs to stop working and get to work. If he had been a good manager we would have walked to the qualification. He was one of the main supporters of Sven Goran Eriksson who took over the national team. Photo: Mexsport
- After getting rid of Efrain Juarez in the Clausura 2009, there was a revolving door of managers. First it was Omar Arellano, who lasted only a couple of games, then came Francisco Ramirez, who finished the team without qualifying. The next season he was replaced by Raul Arias, but he was not offensive enough and only lasted seven matches. Then came Jose Luis Real, who could not change the teams losing ways. Photo: Mexsport
- With Jose Luis Real, they had some continuity and reached the quarterfinals, where they were eliminated in the quarterfinals. He reached the Copa Libertadores final, where the team lost to Porto Alegre. The next tournament, in the Clausura 2011, the team reached the semifinals against Pumas. Photo: Mexsport
- One of Vergaras greatest successes was Omnilife Stadium, with an approximate cost of 146 million dollars. It is one of the most modern stadiums in Latin America, but fans were unhappy with the change and stopped attending matches. Photo: Mexsport
- Chivas is the team that has exported the most Mexican players. Carlos Salcido and Fransico Javier Rodriguez to PSV, Carlos Vela to Arsenal, Javier Hernandez to Manchester United and Ulises Davila to Chelsea. Photo: Mexsport
- Jorge Vergara has also had very public feuds with some of his employers. Juan Jose Frangie sued the owner for owing him two million dollars; Rafael Lebrija complained about the decisions taken by his wife Angelica Fuentes; Ivar Sisniega proclaimed that the owner could not build infrastructure. He has also made mistakes in his appointment. He placed Pedro Saez and Rafael Ortega as athletic presidents and both failed. Photo: Mexsport
- Fernando Quirarte arrived in Week 12 of the Apertura 2011, when the team finished as leaders of the tournament but were eliminated by Queretaro in the Quarterfinals. He saw Chivas lose its first three matches in the Clausura 2012 and was removed from his post. Vergara had some lovely parting words for him: Quirarte received a Ferrari and gave us back a Volkswagen. He was replaced by Ignacio Amriz and Alberto Coyote, but none received support from new Chivas consultant, Johan Cruyff. Photo: Mexsport
- Jorge Vergara wants Chivas to become the Mexican Barcelona, hence the importance of Johan Cruyff who brought with him John vant Schip to be in charge of the team. Cruyff makes all his decisions from Europe and is rarely in Mexico to deal with the team. But ultimately, this led to a parting of ways between the two sides in early December, in which Chivas stated the club's goals had not been met with Cruyff in charge. Photo: Mexsport
On October 21, 2002 Vergara managed to take over 87 percent of Chivas, taking the team away from the Civil Association of Anonymous Society with the following conditions: making the team champions in less than five years, taking publicity off the teams jerseys, bringing the best manager in the world, building a stadium, and making Chivas the best team on the planet.