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Miguel Herrera officially announced as Mexico’s new manager “on loan”

Oct 18, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

Miguel Herrera AP

Two matches.

That’s all it took for Mexico to decide they had made the wrong choice at manager, and that’s all the new guy is guaranteed to get.

With Miguel Herrera being selected to take over the managerial position for the Mexican national team, the situation becomes even more ridiculous.

Mexico’s football governing body FMF has announced Herrera will be sent “on loan” from Club America for the two playoff matches against New Zealand, according to Tom Marshall of ESPN and Goal.com.

After that, according to Marshall, the national team’s figureheads will meet again on December 2 to decide the team’s future.

The situation is almost laughable. If Mexico fail to make it past New Zealand and into the World Cup, it’s pretty much a guarantee Herrera won’t last any longer than his predecessor Victor Manuel Vucetich.

The question is, will we really learn anything about Herrera’s abilities to coach the national team in two matches against New Zealand? Most likely, Mexico will beat down their Oceanic opponents, and then what? It would seem that the way Mexico are playing at the moment, any victories would be a step up – and that’s true – but if they do take care of business in this playoff it will be interesting to see what chances they give Herrera moving forward, if any.

(MORE: Grasping at straws: Mexico to change course again by replacing Victor Manuel Vucetich with Miguel Herrera)

When Herrera manages the home fixture against New Zealand on November 13, he will become the fourth man to take charge of the squad in less than two months. We shouldn’t be all that surprised though. Only once since 1960 has a Mexican national team coach completed a four-year cycle – Ricardo Antonio La Volpe from 2002-2006.

Herrera, who owns 14 caps with Mexico during his playing days, will come over from Club America on the heels of winning last season’s Liga MX second-half title. He will take over Sunday following Club America’s match with Cruz Azul, and is bringing his entire backroom staff with him, according to Goal.com.

A final little tidbit from Tom Marshall on Twitter:

  1. bostonredsoccer - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    If Herrera is successful, the coach for the World Cup will be whoever can get the most Twitter followers. I expect the loudmouth blogger at the end of the bar to win.

  2. hildezero - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    I never knew that there was such a thing of a “on loan” coach. If Mexico wins just one out of the two, I think he’ll get the job.

  3. nextmanup81 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    The situation is beyond laughable, it’s an outright disgrace. The so called ‘leaders’ running the Federation in Mexico have quite stunningly found a way to take a promising program – one which produced a team that came back from 2 goals down to beat the US in the Gold Cup final, and another team that won Olympic gold – and turned it into a world wide laughing stock. They have no direction, a perpetual game of musical chairs involving their coaching staff, and in turn have no discernible in-game strategy. To think that just a few years ago Mexicans envisioned a global top 10 ranking and possible World Cup seed as a real possibility, and now they are dealing with this – how can they pin this on bad coaching? This is organizational failure of the largest magnitude.

    • footballer4ever - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      (Applause) Very well expressed and precise statement of the current FMF situation. I give a hoot if Mexico does not go to the WC. In an objective manner, Vucetich is the best option in many ways, but these issues are deeper than coaching/players. The best thing that can happen to Mexico from an organizational perspective is for them not to classify for the WC and start to clean house starting at the top.

    • schmutzdeck - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      It’s interesting that nowhere in your post do you criticize the Mexican players.

      After all they are the ones who play like they just pulled an all nighter at the Cheetah in Vegas and got the stadium 30 minutes before game time.

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