Posted September 12, 2013

Report: Mexico hires Victor Manuel Vucetich as next head coach

Liga MX, Mexican national team, World Cup qualifying
Victor Vucetich

Victor Manuel Vucetich will take over as coach of the Mexican National Team. (Jam Media/CON/Getty Iamges)

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.

6 comments
4130mojo
4130mojo

His goal is simple, win at Azteca against Panama, and get a point at Ticos. If not, El Tri will have 4 years to integrate their young players, something Chepo was not able to do.

DaveHenri
DaveHenri

I love how pro-Mexican Team writers claim Mexico is tied for 4th (in this and other articles)... Panama has the tie-breaker in goals scored. Panama is in 4th. Mexico is in 5th.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@DaveHenri And anyway, with games yet to be played and goals yet to scored, the goals-scored tiebreaker at this stage is just about meaningless, as its virtually guaranteed to change.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@DaveHenri 

Calm yourself.  There's no pro-Mexico slant here, there's just you being childish about pure semantics.

They *are* tied on points, and thus they are both in 4th place.

And that is exactly why a 'tiebreaker' is *called* a TIEBREAKER.

DaveHenri
DaveHenri

@leehwgoc @DaveHenri Precisely because it is a TIEBREAKER means that the teams are no longer tied.  It's not semantics.  It's actually simple truth.

Write up a chart of the the current Hex standings and Mexico are in 5th.  

They are indeed "level on points", and if the article had said that, then it would be about semantics.  But the article said they're in 4th and they are not.

Furthermore, the tiebreaker is a lot less meaningless near the end of the Hex than at the beginning.  If Mexico and Panama remain "tied" at the end of October, Panama is probably through to New Zealand and Mexico would be eliminated.

Personally, I think Mexico will leapfrog over Panama and get to 4th (I think Mex beats Pan at home, but it's far from guaranteed), and I hope they do. But it's not childish to point out the inaccuracy of the article.  

And here's real semantics: the article also makes the 4th place finish sound like it qualifies for the World Cup.  It doesn't.

bserious
bserious

@DaveHenri @leehwgoc DaveHenri, how about this: you are completely correct, seeing as the writer failed to include the words "on points" after saying the 2 teams were tied, then it is proven that the writer is totally pro-Mexico, and completely biased against all other CONCACAF teams.  Panama's goal difference means that they are far far ahead of Mexico, and anything that would imply that the teams might be tied in any way shape or form can be seen as nothing other than a complete lie, a fabrication meant as propaganda to make Mexico look better. You are 100% right, the article is totally wrong!  Does that make you feel better?