Although Gerardo “Tata” Martino was able to fulfill the goals set to him by Mexican Football Federation on the past FIFA match window -he needed to earn at least 7 out of the 9 available points to keep his job-, his stay in Mexico National Team’s dugout for Qatar 2022 isn’t fully guaranteed.
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Yon de Luisa, FMF chairman, already told Martino that the only way for guaranteeing his stay in El Tri’s bench will be throughout good results and an optimal performance on the pitch, something that the Aztec squad hasn’t been able to pull off in recent games.
El Tri will have to beat USMNT on March 24, when the Bars and Stripes visit Estadio Azteca, not only because they have lost three straight games against Gregg Berhalter’s squad, but also because a new defeat will mean the end of Martino’s era as El Tri coach.
A lot of names have been linked with the potential vacant position if Mexico National Team fails once again to defeat US Soccer MNT but given the recent news of Marcelo “Loco” Bielsa’s departure from Leeds United, he automatically became the favorite to replace Martino.
Does Bielsa have any possibilities of taking over El Tri?
According to TUDN analyst and commentator Andrés Vaca, FMF does have Bielsa on their radar if things don’t work out with Gerardo Martino, as they know he’s a coach willing to take the risks that “Tata” hasn’t and will give the youngsters more chances.
Bielsa managed to return Leeds United to Premier League after 16 years of being relegated, and it only took him two seasons to make it, an impressive achievement that strengthens his resumé, which is why in FMF they’re considering him to replace Martino, as he also knows Mexican soccer and Liga MX.
How much will FMF have to pay him?
Reports indicate that Marcelo Bielsa was earning $5 million with Leeds, a figure that’s higher than the $2.2 million that Gerardo Martino is currently earning as El Tri coach, although FMF will be willing to pay him that sum, as they think he’ll be able to help El Tri reach the fifth game in the World Cup.