Only four Mexican coaches have Liga MX for the start of Clausura 2024, why? Is it a lack of confidence, is it the market? What happened? At halftime we decided to answer these questions to find out how and why.
“The lack of opportunities (for coaches in Mexico) is real. I’m lucky that the club trusts me and the pressure to perform at a high level is always there. It brings a lot of responsibility, I want to have one It’s a very good tournament so they can trust the Mexican coaches more,” said Diego Mejía, coach of Bravos FC after the match between Pumas and his team.
Here we list (and later develop) why there are no opportunities for Mexican technicians:
- Liga MX clubs ‘pay attention’ to nationality.
- The interests of the clubs of some promoters or businesses.
- The competitive system that avoids long-term projects and patience.
- Lack of learning how to manage them in other markets.
The lack of opportunities for Mexicans in Liga MX
It is no coincidence that for the Clausura 2024 only four of the 18 Liga MX teams will have a Mexican coach.
These are Miguel Herrera with Tijuana, Ricardo Carbajal with Puebla, Eduardo Fentantes with Necaxa and finally, Diego Mejía with FC Juárez.
In this regard, halftime was able to chat with the legendary former UNAM Pumas forward, Jesús Olalde, who despite having the necessary preparation, did not get the opportunity to join a Liga MX team in technical direction.
“We are always looking to grow and have that opportunity to be linked to football. If you are talking about the First Division it is the highest level, but unfortunately the opportunity was not given. I looked for it many times, approached I’m responsible, I talked and asked for the opportunity, not even in the First Division, which is good, but from the basic forces like under 18, under 23 and the under. . You never know when -a that opportunity will come, if it happens I will be happy and continue to prepare.
Also, Olalde shared that according to his experience “foreign coaches are more patient than Mexican coaches.”
It is a matter of the need for results developed in the format of short tournaments. At the same time, it should be noted that there is a tendency to support foreign technical directors more for reasons such as the inclusion of reinforcements, citing the arrival of Antonio Mohamed at Pumas as a clear example.
“It is a big fact that foreign coaches are more patient than Mexican coaches. The Mexican coach is not supported, I don’t mean to just give him the opportunity to coach in the First Division, but the support must be total. If they want some strengthening or accommodating their team in a way, there must be support from the board. A very clear example is when Mohamed arrived at Pumas, he arrived and was given with all the support. As long as it continues like this, the coach and the Mexican player will always clash.
Mexico ‘focuses on nationality’
For its part, mediotiempo also got the point of view of Nicola Gravina, current promoter of Liga MX.
Who said that in Mexico the big mistake of “looking at the nationalities” was made in choosing a technical director. Although he also clarified that the issue of foreign coaches is a relative factor, because he considers that in soccer in Mexico and abroad there are “good and bad” strategists.
“This question is whether the coach is a Mexican or a foreign relative. Personally, I think that the Mexican coach has a lot of capacity, but I think that here in Mexico we have a big mistake to focus too much on nationalities. There is always a saying that a foreigner will replace a Mexican but I think that in Mexico there are good and bad coaches, regardless of their nationality.
In the same way, Gravina emphasized that one of the main problems that has caused damage is that soccer in Mexico has not produced a new generation of national technical directors: the competition system.
This is because it is considered a “result-oriented” competition that conditions the process and continuity of coaches in Liga MX. At the same time to share that there is a “malinchism” on the part of all the elements that make up the national football.
“I think that what affects the lack of transfer of new coaches in Mexico is the competition system. In short tournaments, neither foreigners nor Mexicans are given opportunities, because everyone wants to immediate result. You lose three or four games and almost 30% of the championship is gone. There is no ease or peace of mind in allowing the coach to work. We also have the problem in Mexico that ‘what is in except always better than what we have’, if Mexicans are people who can do things.
“It is also true that the Mexican is the Mexican’s worst enemy. Because when they see a coach starting to stand up, the attacks start and he is not given continuity. In addition, it is a reality that Mexicans are given less time to work, if they are a foreigner they can manage 10, 12 days, a tournament or a tournament and a half, but with Mexicans it is not like that .
Finally, Nicola Gravina also stated that, although it cannot always be proven, “there are many interests involved” in Liga MX.
In addition, he provides some solutions that in his opinion will benefit the development of better Mexican technical directors, such as better preparation, learning from the markets that are directly competitive in South America and the Finally, change the competition system.
“This issue of foreign coaches is not only in Mexico, I have not seen another country where there are so many, but for example in Brasileirao there are 3 or 4 Portuguese, there are 2 or 3 Argentines and 2 or 3 Chileans, so no it’s bad that it only comes from Mexico. I think that to bring it back to Mexico there must be preparation and making a difference between those who have the capacity to be trainers and those who can direct the First Division, which are two different things.
“Secondly, learning from the markets where we bring players from, you want to learn only from Europe because it is the first level, but Europe is developing South American talents. Third, a different competition, which gives more time to the coaches. , with These short tournaments are good for all of us economically, they generate a lot of income, but I don’t think it’s good for Mexican soccer.