Guadalajara sack championship-winning coach

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MEXICO CITY, Sep 29 (Reuters) Mexican soccer suffered it's third major coaching casualty in a week when Guadalajara, the country's most popular club, sacked Jose Manuel de la Torre.

De la Torre, who took charge at the start of last year, was dismissed yesterday nine months after leading the Chivas to their first Mexican championship title in eleven years.

But, after a poor start to the 2007/8 season, he became the latest coach to be dismissed at the volatile club, owned by flamboyant businessman Jorge Vergara.

''This isn't what we've expected from the team,'' said club director Juan Jose Frangie.

''The supporters don't like it, the presidency doesn't like and the director's don't like it.'' He added: ''It hurts us that he's leaving, we like him a lot, but that's the way it is.'' Last Friday, Ruben Omar Romano quit as coach of Atlas, Guadalajara's smaller neighbours, and on Wednesday Miguel Herrera left Monterrey by mutual consent.

Other coaches to lose their jobs since the season started in August are Dario Franco at Tecos UAG and Victor Manuel Vucetich at Chiapas.

Reuters MP VP0650

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