Diego Alonso, 44, signed a contract with Inter Miami CF to take the helm of the historic new franchise. He is tasked with assuming his duties on January 1, 2020.
Diego Alonso began his managing career in 2011 with Bella Vista (Uruguay League), thrn moved to Paraguay to coach Club Guarani in 2012/13 then moved to Club Atletico Penarol in 2013. His first big challenge was in 2014, becoming the head coach of CF Pachuca, in Liga MX. It didn’t took him long to perform with his team, qualifying his club to the 2016/17 Concacaf Champions League, and ended up winning it! The next year, Pahuca finished 3rd at the FIFA clubs World Cup.
His records with Pahuca are not amazing, with 74 wins in 169 games, with an average of 1.69 goals scored per game, and a frightening 1.26 conceded goals per game!
But after taking the reins of Monterrey (still in Liga MX) in 2017/18, Alonso created sensation by leading his team to a sensational Concacaf Champions League win, becoming the only coach winning the prestigious competition with different clubs. His stats also improved showing roughly the same amount of goals scored per match (1.63), but lowering his conceded goals ratio to 1.14 (still over one per game).
Paul McDonough, Inter Miami CF Sporting Director : “In Diego we found a manager that fits our culture and has a strong desire to build a winning club for our fans. He brings a lot of experience and championship-winning mentality as we begin our drive to be among the best clubs in the Americas … We have big aspirations for our club and believe Diego has the right drive, passion and leadership to accomplish our goals.”
As a player, Alonso represented the Uruguay nationals, and his most notable performance as a player was with Valencia CF, reaching the 2000/01 UEFA Champions League final, and winning the Liga MX in 2004 with the Pumas.
We shall see how he will put his mark on his new club, we don’t yet know the duration of the contract nor the club’s first season objectives, but we can see that Inter Miami CF – somehow – delivered their “coach that played and won in the highest level and coached and won at the highest level”