Juan Agudelo may be gone from Chivas USA, having been shipped Tuesday to the New England Revolution, but his former coach says he has nothing to do with it.
"In reality, [the front office] did not let me know, but nor is that important," Chivas USA head coach José Luis "Chelís" Sánchez Solá told reporters at Chivas USA's training on Thursday. "What is important is what they are planning to do, that's what I'm thinking about. Let's wait and see."
Chivas received allocation money in exchange for Agudelo, whose contract is up at the end of 2013, which could be crucial in completing a deal to bring in a player to fill the US international's shoes. The 20-year-old had two goals and an assist in six appearances for Chivas this season.
"He's a different player, he's a cheap player in this famous budget," Chelís said, referring to Agudelo's Homegrown player status. "He's a cheap player, but something important – because this is a soccer team – they're planning something big. Count on it."
However, it is unclear how much say Sánchez Solá will actually have in any upcoming move, though he did acknowledge that he speaks weekly with Dennis te Kloese, sporting director for both Chivas USA and Chivas de Guadalajara, about the team's plans.
"I've had calls at least once a week with Dennis and he will ask me something or I will ask him something," the coach explained. "I understand that not everyone is the owner, president or director of a soccer team. Thus, if they take that decision [to get a player], the only thing I have to do is support it and hope for the best for the team I lead."
And although he's taken a wait-and-see attitude towards the team's next move, Chelís also made it clear that the sudden transfer of players across the globe makes it harder for coaches to do their jobs.
"The one thing that annoys me – and it's not just Chivas, the Galaxy, Necaxa nor Celta de Vigo – it's that they take the player and tomorrow they say, 'Here's your rent, your bicycle, your gym, your car, your kids in school, all that you have, and then 'Look, you're somewhere else,'" he explained.
"In many, if not all parts of the world this is prevalent. It's the one thing that annoys me, it has nothing to do with the sporting side of things nor the good ideas the front office can have to improve the team."