Photo: Miguel Herrera
“I have achieved the unconditional support of all of the clubs for Mr. Herrera to qualify us (for the 2014 World Cup). That is the goal,” Mexican soccer federation chief Justino Compean said.
Mexico ended the final six-team stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with a mere 11 points and advanced to a playoff against New Zealand thanks only to a U.S. win over Panama.
Herrera - Mexico’s fourth different coach in six weeks - will manage the national side through the home and away with New Zealand, set for Nov. 13 and 20, Compean told a press conference.
The owners of Mexico’s first division clubs will meet again following the playoff to decide whether Herrera should remain as coach, Compean said.
“It’s not the ideal situation,” he added. “Nobody likes to be changing coaches. When Chepo (Jose Manuel de la Torre) was hired, it was with the intention of keeping him for the complete cycle, but the results did not materialize.”
De la Torre his job last month. His replacement, Luis Fernando Tena, was then quickly replaced after a 2-0 loss to the United States.
Under Victor Manuel Vucetich, El Tri notched a crucial 2-1 victory last week in Mexico City over Panama before losing to Costa Rica on Tuesday.
“We have touched bottom, but I’m confident that we will go to the World Cup,” Compean said Friday, flanked by several club owners.