After a goalless draw against Universitario de Deportes at the Alejandro Villanueva Stadium, the Victorian club’s management made a drastic decision to remove Guillermo Salas from the team’s technical management. As we will recall, “Chicho” was criticized by fans and journalists for not showing a better game, despite the great talent represented in the tight squad. The fact that the “U” could not be defeated in Matute shaped the fate of the Peruvian coach, who will be replaced by the reserve coach, the Colombian Nixon Perea.
This was confirmed by the journalist Carlos Benavente de Ovación, who closely follows the incidents of the Victorian team. “After the draw for the classic, Alianza Lima have already made the decision that ‘Chicho’ Salas will not continue as Alianza Lima coach. While they search for his replacement, Colombian Nixon Perea, reserve DT, will temporarily take over the first team,” he said on his official Twitter account.
The result of the classic is again decisive for the dismissal of a coach from Alianza or the “U”, because the same happened in 2020 with Pablo Bengoechea, in 2021 with Ángel Comizzo, in 2022 with Álvaro Gutiérrez in the Apertura and with Carlos Bustos in the final. “Chicho” joins this list despite winning the championship in the previous edition of League 1 and winning the blue-whites in the 2023 Apertura tournament.
However, elimination in the Copa Libertadores after three consecutive defeats (two at home) and questionable start to the Clausura tournament in terms of collective play meant that Salas was no longer manager of the club. In the first five days of the second phase of League 1, the intimate team has won two duels, drawn two and lost one.