Former Mexico coach La Volpe gets Monterrey job

January 14, 2008

MEXICO CITY, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Former Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe has taken charge of Monterrey, promising to cease hostilities with national team boss Hugo Sanchez.

La Volpe has returned to Mexican club football after an unhappy 15 months in his native Argentina coaching Boca Juniors and Velez Sarsfield.

He and Sanchez are bitter rivals and when La Volpe coached Mexico from 2002 to 2006 he was subjected to a battery of personal attacks from Sanchez, who went on to replace him after the World Cup.

'I asked for respect when I was national team coach and now I am going to show it for the people who are there,' La Volpe told reporters on Sunday.

Monterrey will be the eighth Mexican club to be coached by La Volpe after America, Atlante, Atlas, Guadalajara, Puebla, Queretaro and Toluca.

He succeeds Isaac Mizrahi, who was fired last week after a disappointing performance in an eight-team tournament in the United States.