Just one year after securing a league and cup double, Chivas entered the 2018 Apertura season in a very different state of health, with their manager walking out, bonuses going unpaid and the club warning of a period of “financial consolidation”.
The Guadalajara club’s current financial issues were made more than obvious when new boss Jose Cardozo sat down to face the press after Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat to Santos Laguna.
Indeed, the 47-year-old Paraguayan was positively swamped by egregious product placement, obscured behind cans of Coke, bottles of chocolate milkshake and two different types of Granvita granola…
While we’ve begrudgingly become used to seeing bottles of mineral water strategically placed next to the media suite microphone, this looks like a scene from the early rounds of Supermarket Sweep.
What next? A frozen chicken plonked at each end and a packet of pink wafers tucked in Cardozo’s breast pocket?