It seems like Gerardo “Tata” Martino has his days counted as Mexico National Team coach if he doesn’t manage to win the three remainder games of the World Cup Qualifiers and convince with outstanding performances, something he hasn’t been able to do since June of last year.
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In Mexican Football Federation, they haven’t stopped looking for potential replacements for “Tata” Martino, as his future has been hanging by a thread since November, when El Tri lost back-to-back games against USMNT and Canada MNT.
Back then, Martino allegedly presented his resignation letter, although the players decided to back him up, as they still believe in the project that the Argentine coach has, something that hasn’t happened in FMF, where the decisions are taken.
And now thatMarcelo “Loco” Bielsa just became available, inside FMF has already contacted him to see if he’d be willing to take over Mexico National Team in the last months prior the 2022 FIFA World Cup, something that Bielsa will accept, as he’s not ready to retire from coaching.
Will he keep the same roster than Gerardo Martino?
Marcelo Bielsa is known for giving young players the chance of proving themselves in decisive moments, as he’s always trying to win the games no matter what, something for which he was criticized in Leeds, as he left his team at a disadvantage against Premier League’s biggest teams.
Bielsa will keep some of the most explosive players in the current roster, but he’ll stop calling players like Andrés Guardado, given that “El Principito” is no longer a player that can run all the pitch throughout the 90 minutes.
Marcelo Bielsa’s stint with Leeds United
Although Bielsa didn’t leave Leeds United on the best terms, given that he left the Peacocks just 3 points away from relegation zone in Premier League on their second season since returning to English top flight, he’ll be mostly remembered for being the man that was able to help them return to Premier League after 16 years.
Bielsa arrived in the Whites dugout for the 2018-19 season, a year after millionaire businessman Andrea Radrizzani bought the team. On his first season in the Championship, Leeds finished third and was eliminated by Derby County in the playoffs for the promotion.
It was until the next season that Bielsa had the chance to finally return to Premier League, as Leeds United won the Championship that season. In the four seasons he was in Leeds dugout, Bielsa coached a total of 159 games, winning 77 of them, drawing 30 and losing the remainder 51.