After nine months out of coaching following his dismissal as Chivas USA coach, Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, better known as Chelís, is back in the biz. Liga MX side Veracruz introduced the former Goats' boss as their new manager Tuesday, and he's already hard at work with the Tiburones Rojos.
It represents a return to a familiar league for the Mexican, who has coached Puebla and Estudiantes Tecos previously in the first division. He also has experience coaching in the Mexican second division, for Puebla prior to their promotion, and for Correcaminos.
Veracruz have struggled this season, and currently sit in 17th place. Chelís has a track record of coaching teams that are in the bottom half of the division -- can he help turn the team around? Perhaps most importantly, they sit in fourth place at the moment in the relegation table, and as a "new" club to Liga MX for the 2013 Apertura, they can't afford to go on a losing streak and pip leaders Atlante to the drop, since they have played far fewer games in reference to the relegation standings.
They do boast occasional Mexican national team member Angel Reyna on the squad, though his penchant for alienating coaches and players over the years means it's even odds Chelís will bring the best out of him or put him in the dog house.
Interestingly, Chelís' birthday recently passed, and some of his former Chivas USA players publicly wished him a happy birthday on twitter:
@Elchelis Feliz cumpleanos profe— Dan Kennedy (@1DanKennedy) February 1, 2014
Bobby Burling (@bobbyburling) January 31, 2014
It looks like there are still fond memories of the most quotable man in MLS (for a short time) among the few remaining Chivas players.
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