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Mexican league's Tijuana fires manager Diego Cocca

Tijuana, Mexico, Oct 30 (epa-efe).- Argentina's Diego Cocca has been fired as manager of Liga MX club Tijuana after 11 months with the northern Mexican team.

Cocca met Monday with the board of directors after being pressured to deliver better results. The determining factor leading to his termination was the team's home loss to the Pumas last Saturday.

His settlement is to be arranged on Tuesday, and he is expected to return to Argentina sometime during the week.

The setback against Pumas resulted in the team dropping to 14th place, with 16 points in the standings, four below the threshold for the playoffs.

Colombian Frankie Oviedo, the coach of the Under-20 team, will take on the role of acting coach until the tournament ends. On Saturday, the team will visit Lobos Buap, on Nov. 10 they will host Morelia and on the 23rd they will visit Puebla.

Cocca, the former coach of Racing and Godoy Cruz in Argentina, Millonarios in Colombia and Santos Laguna in Mexico, joined Tijuana in January 2018 with a three-month contract.

During the previous tourney, he reached the semifinals, where his team was eliminated by Toluca.

After that good result, much was expected of him as coach but the team's performance declined as the months passed.

He has not won a match since Sept. 22, when the team defeated Pachuca, and after losing to America and Pumas last weekend, the board rescinded his contract.

Coaching in Mexico, Cocca's record was one of red numbers. When he managed Santos Laguna in 2011, he coached 16 games but racked up just six victories; when he managed Tijuana this year, he coached 35 games between the Liga and Copa with 12 wins, 12 draws and 11 losses.

The owners of Tijuana, who also own the Dorados de Sinaloa, have ruled out having Diego Maradona take charge of the first division team but they could reach a deal with Tomas Boy, the former coach of Atlas and Cruz Azul, to take on the task even though he has not performed in that role for two years.

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