The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has reviewed former Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa as their ideal candidate to manage the men’s national team, sources told ESPN MX’s David Faitelson
Faitelson broke the news on Monday, later listing the game’s program as FMF’s intention to end Gerardo “Tata” Martin’s contract as Mexico’s head coach after the 2022 World Cup.
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“The candidate who keeps them” [the FMF] until night Marcelo Bielsa is there, they want Bielsa, Faitelson said in an episode of Futbol Picante: “If Bielsa is not there, there are other candidates”.
According to the report, other alternatives for FMF include Ignacio Ambriz, Matias Almeyda, Antonio “Turco” Mohamed, Guillermo Almada, and former Mexico coaches Miguel Herrera, Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti and Juan Carlos Osorio.
The national team is scrambling to find a replacement for Martin after a disappointing exit at the World Cup stage. In preparation for the next edition of the tournament that will be co-hosted by the United States and Canada in 2026, Mexico’s new cycle will soon kick off with CONCACAF Nations League matches in March and this summer’s Cup.
In Futbol Picante, Faitelson published other details for the FMF game in the post-Martin era, which include: Hiring a new manager before the March Nations Games, limiting the amount of staff to be brought in with a new salary, making the position of U23 coach vacant. automatic assistant for the senior manager, looking to bring in the legend Rafael Marquez el Tri and / or the former Mexico U23 coach Jaime Lozano as assistants, requiring a new manager to move to Mexico City and commit to an advisory board made up of former national coaches. .
The big question is if someone as remarkably eccentric as Bielsa, nicknamed “El Loco“He would like to buy demands in Mexico. The Argentine is known as an obsessive football player who has no inconvenient moments in the coaching past.
During 2016, he spent two days as manager of Serie A’s Lazio before leaving. A few years later in 2019 as the coach of Leeds United, Bielsa held an impromptu 70-minute press conference, analyzing 300+ hours worth of work during the “spygate” scandal. According to a report by Marca last summer about his possible requests to reach the men of the Peruvian nation, Bielsa also included wanting to manage the U20 team to build the philosophy of the game.
Bielsa’s job after being fired by United in the previous year.
The 67-year-old was first brought in by the English club in 2018, eventually reviving them and advancing from the Championship to the Premier League in 2020. A difficult second season in the Premier League led to Bielsa’s departure from February 2022. .
Mexico will be looking to rebuild after their recent group stage exit at the World Cup, a run of seven cracking tournaments since 1994, in which they previously qualified for the individual knockout rounds.