With the deal all but confirmed it appears that Miguel Herrera will be given the opportunity to take charge of El Tri in Brazil after overseeing the Playoff win against New Zealand. First, El Piojo will attempt to lead Club America to another championship but his replacement will be former, Xolos manager, Antonio ‘El Turco’ Mohamed.
A meeting at the Comité de Desarrollo Deportivo de la Federación Mexicana de Futbol (Sports Development of the Mexican Football Federation) has reportedly decided that Herrera will take El Tri to the World Cup in 2014.
There was an argument that due to any other manager having the same amount of time as Herrera before the World Cup, perhaps the FMF would attempt to install another big name coach, with the likes of Marcelo Bielsa or Gus Hiddink linked. Bielsa seems unlikely but with Hiddink taking similar roles with lesser nations, perhaps that would have more credence.
After the horrendous run that El Tri has been on since winning Olympic gold it is perhaps fair that El Piojo is given the opportunity. His two games in charge, albeit against weak opposition, in New Zealand, were a success. The pressure of a World Cup Playoff was supposedly a test for the misfiring Mexican side but the reality was a thrashing which did not seem possible under previous regimes.
Herrera’s typical 3-5-2 formation was utilised and he drew heavily from his own America side without any European based players. The result was a balanced and vibrant Mexican performance which should be strengthened by the addition of some of the missing European players in Brazil.
For now, Herrera’s attention is firmly back on La Liguilla and he oversaw Club America’s 2-2 draw against Tigres last week. Tigres are dangerous opponents but in the Estadio Azteca, America will be favourites to reach the Semi Final with the hope of adding to last season’s championship.
Wherever this ends for America, it is understood that Argentine, Antonio Mohamed will take over the reigns at the Azteca.
Mohamed’s stock is still high in Mexico after leading Tijuana to the Apertura championship in 2012 and despite his most recent failures upon returning to his beloved Huracan, in Buenos Aires he is obviously viewed favourably by the powers that be at America.
It is understood that Mohamed and America will not make any announcement on this to the media but behind closed doors, planning for life after Herrera has begun with El Turco drawing up a list of transfer targets.