Oct 18, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT
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.
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:
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