Report: Mexico hires Victor Manuel Vucetich as next head coach
The Luis Fernando Tena era lasted all of one game for the Mexican national team. Reports from Mexico indicate that the country’s federation has tapped Victor Manuel Vucetich as the El Tri’s new head coach with two crucial games remaining on their World Cup qualifying slate. In taking the position, Vucetich will become third man to be in charge of Mexico’s national team in the past week.
After winning championships with multiple other Mexican clubs, Vucetich spent the last four years in charge of Liga MX’s Monterrey. The club became one of the most successful teams in the CONCACAF region with Vucetich at the helm, capturing the Liga MX Apertura in 2009 and 2010 in addition to three consecutive CONCACAF Champions League titles from 2010 to 2013. He also led Monterrey to success on the international stage, with a third-place finish at the FIFA Club World Cup in 2012. Vucetich interviewed for the Mexican national team post in 2010, but eventually declined the opportunity.
Vucetich recently hit a rough spot with Monterrey and was fired in late August after posting a 1-3-3 record in the opening seven games of the Liga MX Apertura season.
Mexico will hope he won’t carry those bad results with him to a bigger stage. The national team is currently tied with Panama for the fourth and final World Cup qualification spot in the CONCACAF Hexagonal, and must get good results from a home game against the Panamanians and on the road against Costa Rica to maintain any hope of heading to Brazil.
The Mexican Football Federation fired former boss Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre last week after a shocking loss at home to Honduras, the team’s first at the famed Azteca Stadium since 2001. He was replaced with his assistant Luis Fernando Tena on a caretaker basis for the subsequent game against the United States, which the Mexicans lost 2-0.