Reigning Liga MX champions Atlas part ways with coach Diego Coca

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After winning back-to-back Liga MX titles, including their first championship since 1951, Atlas announced on Friday that they were parting ways with manager Diego Coca.

The news comes days after Atlas failed to qualify for this season’s 2022 Apertura playoffs. Oct. Coca will depart after taking charge of Atlas’ final game of Apertura in Necaxa on 1.

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Despite unprecedented trophies in the 2021 Apertura and 2022 Clausura seasons, a 2W-4D-10L start to the current tournament and a place outside the playoffs is enough to end Argentina’s 50-year reign.

Injuries, a limited roster and two preseasons due to consecutive playoff runs plagued Los Rojinegros this summer.

Sep. With friendlies and a 2-0 Champions Cup loss to MLS’s New York City FC on 17, the Guadalajara club has recently averaged a match every 4.66 days in the Apertura.

“Championship is not a prize and then you have 10 days to prepare for the next season,” Koca said earlier this month.

“We don’t have a big list.”

Before Coca’s initial debut, Atlas had just one Liga MX title to their name. They will now look to fill the void left by the coach who was named the league’s best manager in 2021-22.

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