Ending a month or better or speculation, Club Tijuana announced Eduardo “Chacho” Coudet as the club’s new manager. The 42 year old Argentine last coached Rosario Central in Argentina’s Primera Division in 2016, where he lead Central to an appearance in the 2016 Copa Libertadores. According to a Xolos’ press release, “Coudet brings a coaching staff that includes Ernesto Pablo Colman as the fitness coach, Damian Gonzalo Facciuto and Diego Oscar Monarriz as his assistants.”
Coudet replaces Miguel Herrera, who was with Tijuana since 2015. Herrera moves back to Club America, where he managed from 2011 until he took over El Tri in 2013. Herrera was fired from the Mexico position in 2015 when he allegedly assaulted a reporter in the Philadelphia airport days after winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Herrera led Xolos to back-to-back superliders, qualifying them for the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions League.
Coudet is no stranger to Mexico, having played with San Luis in 2007-08 and 2009-10, with a stint at Necaxa in between. He also has a familiar face in Tijuana - former Philadelphia Union teammate Michael Orozco. Both were with the Major League Soccer club in the organization’s inaugural season.