El Three Podcast's Manager Hot Seat Rankings - Jornada 5
by The El Three Podcast
Welcome to the El Three Podcast’s inaugural Manager Hot Seat Rankings! The rankings are simple: the managers on this list are feeling the pressure to win or end up unemployed. So we ranked them based on who we think is most likely to get fired this week. These are our unscientific opinions. Let’s hope these guys in the top 5 can turn it around.
1. Rafael Puente Jr. (Querétaro)
This one is a no-brainer. Querétaro is off to a rough start. They lost 3 impact players this window and have done nothing to reload the roster. Puente is in a tough spot. The players made a united statement after last weekend’s dismal performance versus León. Puente has said his job is on the line. Siboldi is going to need a rocket up his ass to catch him in the number one spot.
2. Robert Siboldi (Veracruz)
Siboldi is in the second spot for one simple reason: his club stinks. He’d be number one if it weren’t for the swirling rumors around Puente. As mentioned on our 51st episode Veracruz is in complete cruise control toward relegation. Once Puente gets canned Siboldi will likely have a firmer grip on the number 1 spot than Despacito did in 2017.
3. Pedro Caixinha (Cruz Azul)
Anthony put it best when describing Cruz Azul’s Director of Football Ricardo Pelaez as a “dictator.” The man is about his paper and about winning. Caixinha’s outburst last weekend did him no favors when it comes to melting Pelaez’s cold dead heart. Caixinha has done well with Cruz Azul but after getting a stern talking to by a guy like Pelaez after having an obvious feeling-the-pressure type meltdown we had to put Caixinha in the top 5. Maybe a comfortable win this weekend against an up-and-coming León side will get him out of this spot.
4. Roberto Hernandez (Morelia)
After Morelia started the 2018 Apertura with impressive consistency they finished the tournament by just missing out on qualifying for La Liguilla. Midway through the Apertura Monarcas seemed to have lost their way. They lost games they needed to come away with 3 points in. Their Clausura campaign started with 2 defeats vs Toluca and Santos, a win against Robert Siboldi’s Tiburones, and a draw against a rejuvenated Necaxa side. More inconsistency. Can Hernandez get them back on track? Or will Morelia be looking for a new leader in a few weeks?
5. Angel Hoyos (Atlas)
Atlas had a rough Apertura but they seem to be hitting their stride in the Clausura. We all know who is pulling the strings up in the suite level: Mexican legend Rafa Marquez. Although Hoyos’ club is performing well now, we thought we needed to remind him that the clock to win is ticking.
The rest of the managers on this list are a bit safer, but we’ll see what happens next week!
6. Hernan Cristante (Toluca)
7. Enrique Meza (Puebla)
8. Jose Cardozo (Chivas)
9. Tuca Ferretti (Tigres)
10. Ignacio (Nacho) Ambriz (León)
11. Salvador Reyes (Santos)
12. Oscar Pareja (Xolos)
13. Bruno Marioni (Pumas)
14. Paco Palencia (Lobos)
15. Diego Alonso (Monterrey)
16. Miguel Herrera (América)
17. Martin Palermo (Pachuca)
18. Guillermo Vasquez (Necaxa)
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