Santos Laguna fire coach Guzman

MEXICO CITY - Mexican club Santos Laguna have fired coach Daniel Guzman who saved them from relegation and then won the championship one year later.

Guzman, fired one day after Guadalajara dismissed Efrain Flores, became the sixth Mexican first division coach to lose his job since the 2008/09 season re-started in mid-January.

His dismissal appeared particularly ruthless as Santos Laguna are in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-1 lead over fellow Mexicans Atlante following last week's first leg at home.

"It's the end of a cycle full of commitment and growth in which he gave great satisfaction to the fans and the institution," said the Torreon-based club in a statement.

The 43-year-old former Mexico international forward took over at the start of the 2006/07 season with Santos Laguna struggling in the relegation standings which are decided over three years.

Santos saved themselves from the drop by beating Cruz Azul 2-0 on the last day of the season and one year later won the 2007/08 Clausura championship.

Atlas, America, Tigres UANL and Morelia are the other clubs to have parted company with their coaches since January.