Mexico's next coach could be Matias Almeyda or Miguel Herrera: How do they stack up?
With the news that Juan Carlos Osorio will not continue as coach of the Mexico national team, here's a look at his potential replacements.
The Argentinian manager is free of any labor obligations after finishing his stint with Guadalajara. Recently he turned down an offer to manage Qatari side Al-Rayyan, which only served to fuel speculation that he would be the next coach for El Tri.
He knows how to work with an all-Mexican squad: His biggest successes as a coach were made with 11 Mexican players on the pitch, ones who showed a group mindset on and off the field thanks to a favorable environment among all Chivas players.
He was a successful player: As a player he had a solid career, starting with River Plate, where he is still considered an idol. In Europe, he played with sides such as Sevilla, Lazio, Parma, Inter Milan, and played for his national team at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.
He knows how to develop a football project: When he arrived at Guadalajara, the team was on the verge of relegation. Almeyda and his staff created a plan for getting Chivas out of its ordeal, and won five trophies in the process.
He is a foreign manager: One of the harshest criticisms Osorio endured has been that, since he was born in Colombia, he was not capable of managing a Mexican national side. Almeyda could certainly deal with the same issue.
He has no experience on the international stage: This would be his first stint as a manager of a national team, as he has managed only club sides to this point.
He could be tempted by other clubs and national teams: He's on several wish lists, per reports. Not long ago he turned down an offer to move to Qatar, and in Argentina he is considered one of the top names to replace Jorge Sampaoli.
He already has World Cup experience as the manager of El Tri at Brazil 2014, a job he took several months before in order to deal with Mexico's playoff against New Zealand. He is currently the manager at Liga MX giant Club America
He has relevant experience: Herrera has already been manager of El Tri. However, his stint was very short, as he took the job in late 2013 and was fired in mid-2015 (see below).
He has a good relationship with the brass of the Mexican Football Federation: His standing as coach at Club America, along with his persona and charm, has enabled him to rub shoulders with the most influential executives in Mexican soccer. That could work in his favor and help him in a tight race to become Mexico's next manager.
His style of play is well-liked: The football displayed by most teams managed by Herrera -- fueled by a desire to attack and hold possession -- is appreciated by supporters and team executives alike. It is a style full of showmanship and looks to always keep audiences entertained.
He has a short fuse: This is the reason he was fired as manager of El Tri in 2015. When it seemed like he had everything in his favor in order to lead Mexico toward Russia 2018, Herrera had an incident with a journalist, allegedly punching him at an airport.
His generation of players are on the way out: Most of the men he coached four years ago in the World Cup are in the final stages of their international careers. He would have to start from scratch with a new class.
He has just one club title and one championship with El Tri: In a 16-year coaching career, Herrera has only two titles to his name: the 2013 Clausura championship with Club America, and the 2015 Gold Cup with Mexico.