Mexico National Team has yet to secure their ticket for the 2022 FIFA World Cup as they currently stand third in CONCACAF Qualifiers, tied in points with USMNT, with 21, but with less goals than the Bars and Stripes.
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That’s why Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s future in El Tri isn’t a sure thing, as Mexican Football Federation are still wondering if he’s the right coach for the Aztec squad for the last part of the road prior Qatar 2022, which is why he needs a victory against USMNT if he wants to stay in El Tri’s bench.
FMF is still looking for potential replacements for the Argentine coach, as a slip in the upcoming FIFA match window could jeopardize the arrival of El Tri in the World Cup, something that they’re trying to avoid at all costs.
Some of the names that have been linked to the position are currently coaching in Liga MX, but neither Miguel Herrera nor Nicolás Larcamón are willing to leave their clubs, at least until their contract is over. Javier Aguirre is also another coach that could arrive in El Tri, although his failure with Monterrey could prevent him from a third stint. But now, a new name joins the list.
Who is the newest coach on the mix to replace Martino?
After Marcelo “Loco” Bielsa was sacked from Leeds United, the possibility of his arrival in Mexico National Team became alive, as he is familiarized with Mexican soccer, given that he coached in Liga MX in the 90s and was the mastermind behind one of the best Mexican generations in recent years.
He was the coach that gave players like Rafael Márquez, Oswaldo Sánchez, Pavel Pardo or Daniel Osorno the possibility of playing in Liga MX and then boost their careers both in El Tri and outside Liga MX, and he was even offered the job in 1996, although he refused back then to coach the Aztec squad, something that could change now.
What would it take to sign Bielsa?
According to reports, Bielsa isn’t ready to retire from coaching just yet, which is why he’s on the market for a new challenge. Mexico National Team will have to pay him $5.6 million per year, a figure that is higher than what “Tata” currently earns, but still reachable for El Tri.