September 15, 2009

If one manager wasn't enough, Chivas de Guadalajara now has two. For Wednesday's friendly against Club America in Kansas City, Chivas has named Luis Manuel Diaz and Marco Fabian as interim co-managers after Francisco Ramirez stepped down last weekend.

Both men had been Ramirez's assistants, but now have taken on a more prominent role for the upcoming game.

"Even though it's only one game, I think that we're prepared and I think we'll be fine," Diaz told reporters. "I'm confident in the great players that we have. The team hasn't responded, but has played well at times, afterwards I don't know what happens. We're going to analyze everything and we're going to get to the fine points to improve."

Chivas will still search for a permanent replacement for Ramirez. Omar Arellano Sr. previously had been interim manager for Chivas after Efrain Flores was let go last spring. Arellano's stint only lasted two games, and a similar situation might be at hand for Diaz and Fabian.

"We have to thank the administration for believing in us for this game," said Diaz. "That's how I see it. What we're asking from the group is that they enjoy the trip with joy and leave the past and well, start to improve the mood. In any way that it'll help we have to train. It's a Clasico, a game that we can't lose, and we have to come out on top against America."

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