Their first marriage only lasted 17 months, but after playing the field for the last seven years, José Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre and Chivas are about to give it another shot. According to reports out of Mexico, the former El Tri boss is in the process of finalizing his return to Guadalajara, with only an agreement with his brother, team chairman Néstor, preventing coach and club from undoing their divorce.
Though second tries with relationships rarely end well, this new union looks perfect for both sides. Though de la Torre found huge success with Toluca after leaving Guadaljara in 2007 (winning two titles in four tournaments), his reputation was tarnished after his time with Mexico left El Tri on the verge of missing the 2014 World Cup. Eventually Miguel Herrera saved Mexico and de la Torre the indignity, guiding la seleccíon through a qualifying playoff against New Zealand.
In the wake of Chepo, who won the 2006 Apertura in Guadalajara, Chivas has failed to win another Liga, allowing Club América to catch them for most Mexican league titles (11). Currently coached by Ramón Morales, the team sits 16th in the Apertura standings, with only three clubs separating the country’s most popular club from the second division.
Chepo had success with Toluca (and Mexico, before 2013), but the open market has proven cruel for each of our scorned lovers. It’s time for both sides to suck it up, admit they’re sorry, and take another trip down the aisle.