Guadalajara (Mexico), September 23 (EFE) .- Argentinian Diego Cocca announced this Friday that he will step down as coach of two-time champions Atlas at the end of Mexico’s Apertura 2022 tournament, ruling out rumors that he will become Sporting de Gijon’s new technical director.
“There’s always talk of possibilities, especially when a coach leaves successfully, but (Sports) is not what I’m thinking about, it’s not what moves me at the moment. What moves me is that I finish well with this team and make it clear to the Atlas people that I am leaving so that the institution continues to grow and no new project arises,” explained the 50-year-old strategist.
The Mexican press reported before Cocca’s announcement that the Argentine was leaving Atlas to manage Sporting de Gijón; Both frames are owned by Mexico’s Orlegi Group, headed by businessman Alejandro Irarragorri.
“We don’t have work elsewhere because we’re not interested in thinking about anything other than Atlas. Their time will come, hopefully they will give us the rest we need because it would be good for us, after that we will continue to work and all the projects that grow will be evaluated; Now is not the time to think about it,” added Cocca.
Last December, the technical director broke Atlas’ 70-year drought without lifting the league title, and last May he handed the Rojinegros their first double championship in addition to the Champions’ Champions Cup.
But in this Apertura 2022 competition, he has Guadalajara’s team in penultimate place in the table, one day after the end of the regular phase, with no desire to fight for the title.
Cocca confirmed that his decision to end his cycle at Atlas next Saturday, October 1, on the last day of the regular phase of the championship when his team hosts Necaxa at its stadium, was in favor of the institution.
“I made a brave decision. The easiest thing would have been to stay and put the responsibility on the board to throw out a two-time champion coach, which would not have been pleasant for me or them. That’s why we have to enjoy this moment, part of the change we have made is not that Atlas is not seen as synonymous with bad news, but rather luck, as we will experience on Saturday,” said Cocca.