Zubeldía joined the club at the start of the Clausura 2016 season, where Santos finished 7th with 27 points and qualified for the playoffs, but they were knocked out in the first round by eventual champion Pachuca.
With Santos struggling this season, a Sporting Committee meeting was held “where the team’s current situation and the performance and results were analyzed” and the decision was made to part ways with Zubeldía as coach.
Santos thanked Zubeldía and his coaching staff for their professionalism and dedication and wished them success in the future.
José Manuel de la Torre will now take the reigns. He will be joined by Benjamín Galindo and Álvaro de la Torre as assistant coaches and Guillermo Hernández as a physical trainer. Goalkeeping coach Nicolás Navarro and physical trainer Juan Manuel Rodríguez have remained on the technical staff.
“Chepo” is an experienced Liga MX coach, having spent several seasons with Chivas de Guadalajara (in two stints) as well as Toluca; in addition, he has coached the Mexican national team.
His achievements include the Apertura 2006 title with Chivas and the Apertura 2008 and Bicentenario 2010 titles with Toluca, as well as the 2011 Gold Cup with El Tri.