Mexican soccer has taken a terrible step backwards releasing Coach Victor Manuel Vucetich after two games at the helm of the national team. The FMF has announced the release of “King Midas” as head of the national team. According to several sources the organization will announce Vucetich’s replacement on Friday.
“Vuce” took over the squad to try to qualify El Tri to the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was given this task with only two games left in qualification. The crucial game was to defeat Panama, which Mexico did on the grounds of the Azteca stadium in Mexico City. The second was to at least draw or wait on a combination of results to help them reach the playoff against New Zealand. The latter happened.
Now Mexico must look for a trainer to help them reach Brazil next summer. The most important part is to bring a team together that can at least qualify the squad to the world cup in the next month.
The action taken by the FMF is a terrible decision. They have taken an experienced trainer who understands the psyche of the Mexican player and thrown it out. What decision is next? Play the home game in another venue because of recent results at the Azteca? How about dress the entire Club America team in green jerseys and have them play? Whatever the reason to make this late change, fans in New Zealand are probably celebrating USMNT player Graham Zusi’s goal just as much as Mexicans were on Wednesday.
The front runner for the position is Club America Coach Miguel “piojo” Herrera. Several sources from different media venues have camped out at the training grounds of the team anticipating the announcement. Herrera feels optimistic that he will get the job going as far as stating that his auxiliary coach should take over the helm of the azulcremas.
The FMF will announce the change on Friday. Consider the power the team owners have, don’t be surprised if a major name takes over the squad. The real question is, is it too late?