Pumas made their debut versus Queretaro in a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon. Although there were mistakes on the backline, Pumas look solid in their shooting department.
Now that the first game is all set and done for Pumas, the real trivia question is: Who will be named Head Coach. Michel left the team for personal matters just a few days from their debut, so really caught the directors off-guard. The Auriazulez didn’t have much trouble facing a brave Queretaro, where Juan Dinenno added two goals to his goal-scoring tally.
Pumas played well, and some unfortunate mistakes led to Queretaro’s goals. Nevertheless, aside from conceding two goals, they played well and gave the fans hope to see what they can bring to the table this season.
Now, there have been some speculations as to who could lead the Auriazulez for this tournament and moving forward. The following names have been linked to taking over the Auriazulez’s bench:
The Mexican coach has had his fair share of trophies during his career. His most successful years were when he was Monterrey’s head coach. His last coaching job saw him with Queretaro, wherein 46 games, he only saw victory in 19, averaging 41.3% of success. Although he is a good coach, he also brings experience to the table, something that the other possible successors might not have or don’t have. His expertise does give him an advantage and could prove to be beneficial for Pumas.
The club’s most beloved player and coach could make a return to the Olimpico Universitario. After almost 15 years, Hugo Sanchez, per media rumors, has also been linked with taking charge of the club. During his spell in Pumas, Sanchez, won back to back tournaments in 2004, one of the club’s most successful years. Sanchez has only one problem; he hasn’t coached a team in over eight years when we last saw him coaching Pachuca. Soccer has modernized these past years, and that could be one of Hugo’s potential issues.
Jorge Campos, one of Pumas’ legendary players, is circulating to be also named the head coach. Although, there have also been rumors that he could well come off as an assistant coach, to get then promoted to head coach along the way. Campos has been an assistant before for the Mexican National Team from 2004 until 2006. Campos lacks that managerial experience but doesn’t mean he is not eligible for the vacant set. Campos could well be named as head coach, and test his managerial tactics with this young squad at his disposal.
Other names are speculating about filling the empty seat. Whoever comes needs to change these players’ attitudes and make them a serious contender for the title. The playoffs are leading priority for this club, and these candidates could well get them there.
The Auriazulez have a few days to spare before their next match this Saturday when they go on the road to face Atlas. A tough game on the road awaits them, but more importantly, a great coach needs to arrive, and soon.