Pumas has parted ways with head coach Andres Lillini, effective immediately. 

Though the Argentine manager had just renewed his contract in May 2022, extending his time with the club through 2023, his downward spiral during the 2022 Liga MX Apertura rushed his exit.

He now departs after two years with the club, leading them to the 2022 Liga MX Apertura final and 2022 Concacaf Champions League final under his tenure. 

“The National University Club informs that it terminates the employment relationship, in common agreement, with Professor Andrés Lillini as technical director of the Pumas first team. Our institution appreciates the work carried out by Andrés during five tournaments, in which two finals were played, in the Liga MX in the 2020 Apertura tournament and in the 2022 Concacaf Champions League,” said the club in a statement. 

“In addition, he promoted the arrival of young people from our basic forces to the highest category of professional soccer in Mexico by debuting 15 players. We recognize his professionalism and dedication throughout the years he worked at the National University Club, first as director of basic forces and later as coach of the first team.”

Pumas concluded this season in 16th place, with just 14 points and a 2W-7L-8D record. Despite bringing in reinforcements during the transfer window, like Brazilian giant Dani Alvez, Pumas failed to qualify for the playoffs. 

The team will now begin  prepare for the 2023 Liga MX Clausura, kicking off January 6.

Credit: 90min.com

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