MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – A week before leaders set a deadline to submit an analysis of their World Cup failure in Qatar, Mexico continues to shuffle names but faces plans to replace Gerardo Martino for upcoming matches. Nations League without appointing a coach.
El Tri will return with a few matches in the CONCACAF tournament at the end of February, facing Jamaica and Suriname.
Although Mexico has its own safe place in the 2026 World Cup, as it hosts the United States and Canada, the inaction of the leaders in the face of the next World Cup is surprising.
The president of the Mexican Football Federation, Yon de Luisa, has not commented since 1 December, a day after the team completed its first elimination at the first stage of the World Cup since Argentina 1978.
De Luisa said after the failure, “A thorough analysis will be done, structural changes such as timeshare, promotion and relegation, and the number of foreigners will be reviewed.”
Neither Luisa nor the federations have issued statements so far this year. not even when sanctioned by Mexico FIFA For homophobic shouts at the World Cup or for the loss of games on the table due to the inappropriate alignment of Alejandro Zendejas.
De Luisa is expected to break his silence early next week when the deadline for releasing his analysis looms. Pending this, several steps are to follow that will mark a change in the structures of Mexican football.
mount must return
Promotion and relegation of clubs had been suspended two years earlier. According to leaders, the measure was aimed at bolstering the economy of second-division teams, but in reality it has led to conformity among some first-division squads, who have invested less in their squads, knowing that they are in the top flight. are safe.
Although the original plan was to keep the local tournament for five years without promotion, the failure forced the leaders to reconsider.
Liga MX president Mikel Arriola recently said that they would try to speed up the certification of relegation teams in order to normalize promotions. Currently, only one of the second division clubs meets the requirements requested by the organization to be able to play in the first division.
In addition to promotion and relegation, another practice that has affected the performance of the Mexican national team is the large number of players in clubs not born in Mexico. Under current rules, eight out of 11 players can play even if they are not Mexican by birth, creating a buffer for young talent.
This was one of the more open criticisms that Argentina’s Gerardo Martino made of leaders before leaving office.
Any changes currently in vogue would need to be approved by the owners’ board, which has not met or is planning to meet despite the World Cup setback.
Who to coach?
The two most famous names so far are Miguel Herrera, the Mexican coach at Brazil 2014, and Guillermo Almada, the Uruguayan who led Pachuca.
Herrera is currently out of a job after being fired from Tigress.
“I’ve worked on the next process, today they can say I’m applying, but it’s because there’s no coach in the national team, because I don’t have a job, I know I’m not the only one, said Herrera, who was fired for fighting with a reporter at an airport in the United States.
Almada said he would like to consider, but has been restrained in his statements in recent days.
In addition, some media have said that Marcelo Bielsa of Argentina is one of the candidates, which is not surprising. El “Loco” has been on the wishlist of Mexican leaders for several procedures, but it has not been possible to materialize.
Most recently, Brazilian Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti, who won five league titles with Tigres, put his hand out for the job, even though he has said in the past that he would prefer to be a sweeper than a Mexican coach.
What to expect from the report?
For now, nothing more than the findings left by the Martino process. De Luisa does not have the power to appoint a new coach himself at this time, in line with the owners.
Nevertheless, the blow was strong and De Luisa would have to announce fundamental reforms. It will be interesting to know whether he keeps Jaime Ordiales in office as manager of the national teams or makes any changes to the structure.
De Luisa is recognized by the owners for his management in the economic aspect, not so much in sports. Perhaps the creation of a new position as sports president of the Mexican Federation could be an option.