Real: Chivas USA my biggest challenge yet
Newly-appointed Chivas USA manager Jose Luis Real has described the opportunity as the biggest challenge of his career.
Real, who had previously managed Chivas Guadalajara between 2009 and 2011, guiding them to the final of the Copa Libertadores in his final year with the club.
He takes over from Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, who was dismissed in May and has stressed is eagerness to guide the Los Angeles-based side, who have not won an MLS match since March 30, to success.
“Anytime there’s an opportunity to make history, I sign up,” he said.
“Nobody can erase history. At this moment, Chivas is in the midst of an integrative project. I’m not here to just coach the club for personal gain; I’m going to do everything so that this team has success.”
Reports had suggested that Real had been forced into taking the job by the Chivas organisation.
However, the 61-year-old was quick to deny those claims and insisted he is pleased to be given the opportunity to try and revitalise a team marooned at the bottom of the Western Conference with just 11 points.
“Believe me, this is the most important challenge of my career,” Real added.
“It’s been seen as something convenient for the organization and not for me. If I wanted to be a head coach for another first-division team, I could have done it two weeks ago. But I don’t want that. I want to work for this project.
“I’m happy to be here and know there are plenty of people that don’t believe. I’m aware of that. For that same reason, my decision to come here was based on knowing we can achieve our goal. The challenge motivates me.”
Fri 14 June, 2013