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Chivas fire manager Ricardo La Volpe

GUADALAJARA -- Ricardo La Volpe lasted just four games as Chivas coach before being ousted on Wednesday after team owner Jorge Vergara accused him of "inappropriate conduct" toward a female staff member at the club.

Ricardo La Volpe has been fired after four games in charge of Chivas.

The details of what exactly was either said or done by La Volpe remain murky following a short news conference in Mexico City.

Vergara told reporters leaving the conference that the club would be making a legal complaint to authorities about La Volpe's behavior.

The move means the Guadalajara club is once again on the look out for a coach, a process sporting director Francisco "Paco" Palencia said is already underway.

The transfer strategy going into what is likely to be a vital window will have to be re-analyzed and the players will once again have to come to terms with a change of tactical style.

The news comes with Chivas just three points ahead of Puebla in the relegation table ahead of the Apertura 2014 and after Vergara guaranteed La Volpe's continuity in an interview with ESPN on Monday.

The obvious choices to replace him would be Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre, who took Chivas to their last title in the Apertura 2006, and Monterrey legend Victor Manuel Vucetich, who hasn't taken a job since being dismissed from the Mexican national team after just two matches.

Both of the high caliber candidates may have serious concerns about the way the club is being run, the lack of time coaches are given at Chivas and the standard of the current playing squad, although Vergara said Monday that six new signings will be brought into the club this offseason.

Another option could be to hand Palencia his first break in coaching, although with relegation a realistic threat to the club, it would be a risk.

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