Chivas to sign coach Tomas Boy to 2-year extension

Chivas coach Tomas Boy Espinoza is feeling the heat. (Photo by Refugio Ruiz/Getty Images)
Chivas coach Tomas Boy Espinoza is feeling the heat. (Photo by Refugio Ruiz/Getty Images) /

Club Deportivo Guadalajara was founded on May 8, 1906, so ownership are rumored to be giving themselves a coach as a present.

El Rebaño Sagrado celebrated its 113 birthday Wednesday, so congratulations to the one team in Liga MX that fields only Mexican players (and one Mexican-American player, to be honest).

The Chivas family took to Twitter to celebrate, and rival Liga MX teams from Monterrey to Veracruz wished them a Happy 113!

There wasn’t much to celebrate, really. The Chivas underperformed and missed out on the playoffs for a fourth straight season. They fired their coach, suffered through an eight-game losing streak and were shut out twice by America (once in a Copa MX match and four days later in a Liga MX match).

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Back in early April, Tomas Boy was appointed head coach of Chivas de Guadalajara after the firing of coach Jose Cardozo in a bit of a mild controversy. Pundits predicted Boy’s stint would be just a four-game holding position before management intensified its coaching search over the summer. However, the Chivas seemed to like what they saw in those four games, because Guadalajara is expected to sign Boy to a 2-year deal this week.

Boy guided the Chivas to a big win over super leader Leon two weeks ago, but the Clausura ended with a 2-1 loss to the Tigres, leaving them a lowly14th in the table. Now, Chivas ownership looks to make the move permanent, despite criticism from the fanbase and talking heads alike. Guadalajara only won one of four matches under Boy and naysayers complain that he did not give the team a new identity or playing style. Even his line-up decisions were questioned.

No matter the complaints, Tomas Boy will most likely be given a fresh opportunity to put together a new team over the summer to prepare for the upcoming Apertura. He has already identified four players he would like to add to the roster. A full season or two will provide a better gauge to his aptitude and chances for success than did a short term at the tail end of a lost season.

Any reactions, readers? Are the Chivas doing the best thing for the club’s future success? Or are they settling for a veteran coach who is simply happy to be coaching in first division?