Juan Carlos Osorio’s time in Mexico has come to a detailed. The Mexican federation announced Friday that Osorio will not return regardless of its efforts to maintain him on for the subsequent World Cup cycle.
Osorio is in the mix for the vacant job to lead the U.S. national team, has been contacted about the Colombia nationwide group position with Jose Pekerman not persevering with, and has fielded several other offers. It is truthful to say opinions on Osorio had been blended, however he in the end leaves a legacy of changing El Tri’s mentality.
He additionally has left an enormous gap for the managerial job. Whereas the teaching carousel is slowly starting to spin, there aren’t any apparent solutions for the Mexican federation as to who ought to exchange Osorio.
Let’s check out just a few of the candidates:
The Argentine parted ways with Chivas this summer after a profitable tenure. Ultimately, frustrations with the membership’s administrators and their lack of spending led Almeyda to step apart, however not earlier than he’d gained the league, the Copa MX and the Concacaf Champions League throughout his two-and-a-half years in Guadalajara.
Whereas at Chivas, Almeyda talked about his curiosity in teaching both Mexico or Argentina, and regardless that he is not concerned with Chivas he is in no hurry to go away. Throughout his departure, Almeyda mentioned he hoped the membership would give him a season ticket so he may proceed to look at his gamers develop. His want to remain in Mexico appeared to solely get stronger this month when he turned down a possibility to handle Al Rayyan in Qatar.
As supervisor of Chivas, which indicators and fields solely Mexican gamers, Almeyda has loads of expertise working with and growing Mexican gamers. He is additionally expressed loads of optimism about the way forward for Mexican soccer. He stands out as the frontrunner ought to Osorio step away, however will the Mexican federation once more rent a international coach with out expertise within the worldwide recreation?
A person who wants no introduction to Mexican soccer followers, it appears sufficient time has handed since his final stint ended with him getting in a bodily altercation with one of many nation’s most well-known soccer commentators to have his identify again within the combine.
Herrera had a good tenure with Mexico earlier than his firing and Osorio’s subsequent arrival. He rescued El Tri from the brink of lacking the World Cup, getting certified after which to the spherical of 16 within the 2014 World Cup. He later gained the Gold Cup earlier than his struggle with the commentator.
The approaching arrival of former Televisa govt Yon de Luisa as the brand new president of the federation has constructed on the concept Herrera may return. Televisa owns Membership America, Herrera’s present employer, and “El Piojo” is aware of De Luisa and different decision-makers. However do followers actually need Herrera again, knowing his tactical limitations and having seen precisely what he can ship in his final stint? Some will reply sure, and achieve this as emphatically as Herrera celebrates targets. Others can be much less thrilled with a return.
Ricardo La Volpe
Most just lately the coach of Membership America, “El Bigoton” is now importing tactical breakdowns to YouTube and tweeting on matters from soccer to courting recommendation. He additionally jumped on as a technical advisor for brand new Egyptian membership Pyramids FC. It is a secure wager he’d be prepared to place these pursuits apart and take over as Mexico nationwide group coach as soon as once more.
La Volpe’s fingerprints are all around the Mexican recreation from the tactical modifications he made within the 1990s. That is type of the problem with hiring La Volpe, although. Somewhat than a rent seen as taking Mexican soccer ahead and constructing on the progress made by Osorio, it could be the identical man who took El Tri to the 2006 World Cup. At 66 years outdated, La Volpe could also be prepared for one final go-round earlier than he’s off to take pleasure in retirement, however whether or not Mexico would rent a coach of his classic is an enormous query.
The sexual harassment case hanging over him courting again to his time as Chivas coach in 2014 can also increase considerations for the federation past merely what La Volpe can do on a sporting degree.
Talking of older coaches, there’s 68-year-old Jose Pekerman. The Argentine, like Osorio, has a selected manner of working and hasn’t all the time been beloved by the soccer hierarchy of his nation. But after sturdy World Cup showings in 2014 and 2018, it is clear the veteran supervisor has been good for Colombian soccer. He is headed elsewhere after main Colombia since 2012.
If Pekerman is out and Osorio takes over the Cafeteros, why not give Pekerman a glance with El Tri? The nations are totally different in some methods, however share loads of traits as ‘mid-tier Latin American soccer nations.’ Whether or not, at his age, he’d wish to work with a federation that may be as obstinate because the Mexican one may decide whether or not or not he’d be a critical candidate. That is very true with the prospect to return to Argentina and tackle a big position within the setup because the director of soccer apparently on the desk.
One other member of Latin American teaching’s outdated guard, Ferretti really has coached Mexico inside the final 5 years on an interim foundation. After all, when requested if he’d proceed within the publish, he mentioned the job wasn’t for him and as just lately as every week earlier than the Liga MX season was adamant that despite being asked “50,000 times” if he’d be interested in the job that the answer is still no.
He’s, nonetheless, beloved by the Liga MX membership homeowners who nonetheless have a say in who leads the nationwide group. Reportedly, their hope was to retain Osorio with plan B being to persuade Ferretti to take the publish. Ferretti is a savvy man, although. He is aware of he has it good at Tigres the place he can see out the ultimate three years on his contract and retire at age 67, with out coping with the complications that include main El Tri.
Who is aware of what Andres Villas-Boas is as much as today? Properly, apart from racing a car in the Dakar Rally a few months ago (he needed to pull out with a again damage). Whereas nothing is confirmed, there’s chatter that FMF officers and Villas-Boas could have at the least spoken within the not too distant previous – like as just lately as through the World Cup.
Villas-Boas’ final a number of jobs have given him the sort of wage that enables him to, properly, go off and race rally vehicles. Might a world job intrigue him sufficient to get again into the sport? He is a tactics-first supervisor who may proceed among the progress Osorio has made.
AVB received the perfect out of a number of gamers by transferring them into different positions or tweaking their roles to swimsuit their skillsets. And after a little bit of time away, possibly the 40-year-old is able to get again into the sport, taking much less cash to discover the worldwide aspect of issues. It is an enormous long-shot, nevertheless it may very well be one of many higher choices Mexico has.