Robert Siboldi Named Coach of Cruz Azul

Following the departure of Pedro Caixinha, Cruz Azul’s vice presidents, Víctor Garcés and Alfredo Alvarez, announced Robert Dante Siboldi as the new head coach.

After that announcement, Ricardo Peláez, the club’s sporting director, tendered his resignation, feeling that the vice presidents had usurped his authority by naming the new coach without his input.

Siboldi, 53, has extensive experience in Liga MX as both a player and a coach. He suited up for Cruz Azul in his playing days and also coached at their academy and was interim manager of the first team in 2009; he declared himself “very happy” to be returning to Cruz Azul for a third time.

The Uruguayan’s most recent coaching stint was a distinctly unimpressive one with Veracruz, where he failed to lead the team to victory in his 20 games in charge (although, to be fair, the Tiburones Rojos have set a new world soccer record winless streak and none of the club’s last five coaches have managed to earn a victory). Prior to that, he led Santos Laguna to the Clausura 2018 league title, but resigned abruptly the following season after an altercation with a player.

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