Luis Fernando Tena had long been on the hot seat. It's impossible to coach Club America, not win a title and NOT be on the hot seat. Such was the case for "El Flaco" Tena, who was finally sacked on Sunday following a 3-1 loss at Toluca.
Tena guided America to the semifinals if the Clausura 2006 season but lost to Chivas and took America to the Clausura 2007 final but America fell to Pachuca. Tena also led America to the quarterfinals of the 2007 Copa Libertadores but the club fell to Brazilian side Santos.
It's not that America's form hadn't fallen off badly - las Aguilas last won a league match on Sept. 2. In many ways, this firing is justified. However, patience is certainly not in Mexican clubs' vocabulary.
Tena was replaced by Daniel "El Ruso" Brailovsky, who is not in fact Russian but rather Argentinean. It's too bad he didn't get the job before the Toluca match. Like Toluca's manager Jose Pekerman, Brailovsky is Jewish, and how many times have Jewish managers gone head-to-head in a league as prestigious as Mexico's?