Former Mexico manager Efrain Flores has been lined up by Jorge Vergara as the next manager of MLS side Chivas USA, according to reports emerging from both sides of the border.
Flores would take the place of Robin Fraser, who managed the troubled L.A. franchise through two unsuccessful campaigns, including a last place finish in the Western Conference this year. Chivas is guaranteed to finish in the cellar of the conference no matter the result of its last game at Dallas this weekend.
“I have no idea,” Fraser told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday, when asked whether he’d be continuing as manager.
“Certainly, it’s not up to me. As long as I’m here, I’m trying to make the team as good as possible and win as many games as possible. Now we’re down to one game, and we’re doing everything we can to win that game. Beyond that, I don’t know.”
The club quickly issued a denial that Flores was on his way in, stating on its official Twitter account: "In regards to today’s rumors, #ChivasUSA clarifies that Robin Fraser remains head coach. Any official statement will be made by the club."
Vergara, the Chivas de Guadalajara owner who recently bought out other shareholders in the historic club’s U.S. franchise, and he has made wholesale changes in upper management in recent days, including bringing in former Chivas de Guadalajara manager Jose Luis Real as Director of Soccer Operations.
Flores is an experienced Mexican manager, with stints at Atlas, Leon, Chivas and Pachuca among his experiences. He was the interim manager of El Tri for a three-match period after the 2010 World Cup.
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