Source: Miguel Herrera to coach El Tri
Mexico is poised to name its fourth coach in three months, according to ESPN sources.
Club America coach Miguel "El Piojo" Herrera is expected to be named to replace El Tri coach Victor Manuel Vucetich as the team heads into its 2014 World Cup qualifying international playoff first leg vs. New Zealand at Estadio Azteca on Nov. 13, sources have told ESPN Deportes reporter Jose Antonio Rodriguez.
Vucetich told ESPN.com's Rene Tovar late Thursday that the director of the national team, Gonzalez Inarritu, informed him he is no longer Mexico's coach.
"It has been an experience. It was a positive one but not the one I would have liked. It is over just like that. I am arrogant, I am King Midas, not God. This is why we are in this shape," said Vucetich, who is known as "King Midas" after winning 14 of 15 finals he has managed in his career.
The Mexico Soccer Federation's development committee, which includes eight of the 12 Mexican league club owners, will hold an emergency meeting Friday afternoon at the federation offices. Herrera would be El Tri's fourth coach in five matches if he takes the helm for the Nov. 13 match.
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The option of having Vucetich continue as coach was to be discussed, as well as the option of including America sporting director Ricardo Pelaez as national teams director, various sources have confirmed.
There were several media reports out of Mexico Wednesday claiming that Televisa CEO Emilio Azcarraga had already named Club Americas coach Herrera to replace Vucetich, although the Mexican Football Federation has not confirmed any coaching change.
The always outspoken Chivas Guadalajara owner Vergara, who wields power as key member of the 12-club owners' association called for Vucetich's head on Wednesday following the team's 2-1 loss to Costa Rica.
"A coaching change is necessary," Vergara said Wednesday. "The coach of El Tri must be someone who wears the pants and has the will to decide. We are working on this. It could be Miguel Herrera because he is showing he has strong character. To choose a new coach first we all have to agree."
Earlier this week, Herrera told reporters that if he were to be named El Tri coach, he would like to see Santiago Banos replace him at the helm of Club America.
In September during the heat of CONCACAF Hexagonal qualifying, Mexico changed coaches three times in one week. The federation appointed Vucetich after interim coach Luis Fernando Tena skippered a heartbreaking 2-0 loss to the United States. Tena coached just that one match. He had been named to replace beleaguered coach Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre, who was axed after the team's 2-1 home loss to Honduras.
El Tri has qualified for five straight World Cups, last missing out in 1990, when the team was banned from qualifying for using ineligible players in a junior tournament. The last time Mexico participated in qualifying and did not reach the World Cup was 1982.
Information from ESPN Deportes was used in this report.