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Chepo out, Gold medal winning U-23 coach steps in

By Kim Tate



MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 05: Jose Manuel de la Torre, coach of Mexico national soccer team attends a press conference before a World Cup qualifier match against Honduras, on September 05, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 05: Jose Manuel de la Torre, coach of Mexico national soccer team attends a press conference before a World Cup qualifier match against Honduras, on September 05, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico

The Chepo Era is over for Mexico. The Mexican Football Federation announced that Jose Manuel de la Torre will be replaced by Luis Fernando Tena, but the release did not specify whether the change would be permanent or temporary. A press release is scheduled for 11:30, when more details on tenure and additional details will be announced. Per sources, Tena will be on the bench for Mexico against the United States on Tuesday.

The change came almost immediately after Mexico's World Cup qualifying loss to Honduras last night at Estadio Azteca.

De la Torre ended his reign as Mexico coach with  27 wins, 12 draws, and 8 losses out of 47 games in charge. Assistant and U-23 head coach Luis Fernando Tena assumes the role, having coached Mexico to the Olympic gold medal at the London games in 2012, a first-ever medal for Mexico in any sport at the Olympics.

Tena has been around as a manager of various Primera Division clubs since 1994 when he was with Cruz Azul. He won a title with them in 2007, and also with Morelia in 2000. His last club team job was with Chiapas, which ended in 2010.  He then took over the assistant role for Mexico, and the head coach role for the U-23's in 2011, a year before they won Gold in London.

More details of the appointment to come.