Jul 12, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT
World, you may rejoice. Mexico finally has managerial stability.
Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera has earned a contract extension through 2018 thanks to a strong showing at the World Cup in Brazil, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) announced.
“We’re renewing Miguel Herrera’s contract so he stays as coach of the national team for Russia 2018,” said FMF president Justino Compean said from Rio de Janeiro. “We’re going with him and hopefully he lasts.”
Despite qualifying for the tournament by the hair of their chinny chin chins, Mexico made it through Group A play with some impressive results before falling in the knockout round to eventual semifinalists Netherlands.
“His work was extraordinary (in Brazil),” Compean said. “We’re pleased because in the short time he had to work, he did it very well, achieving very good results in the style of play and in what the national team transmitted.”
No actual contract extension has yet been signed, but Compean said both parties are in discussions and there are no anticipated roadblocks.
Herrera instilled a sense of togetherness, along with becoming an internet sensation with his loveable touchline antics.
The new stability for Mexico is a long time coming, with the country blowing through an astonishing four managers in the 2013 calendar year before sticking with Herrera.
Compean also announced a busy end to 2014 for the national team. He said they will rematch the Netherlands in Europe in a November friendly, and will also schedule four more friendlies – two in Mexico and two in the United States.
Finally, the FMF announced an extension to Mexico’s contract with Adidas, who will make their national team kits through 2022.
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