DE LA TORRE STAYS
The president of the Mexican football Federation, Justino Compean has confirmed that manager Jose Manuel de la Torre will remain in charge of the national team going into the 2014 World Cup. The manager has come under a lot of fire in recent months due to poor run of results.
He was widely expected to lose his job after the end of the Confederations cup. However, Compean has said that he will remain as the manager, but his position will be reviewed after a few months. Mexico recently won the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but they failed to defend this tournament under the management of de la Torre.
The team came into the competition after having won the previous two editions, but they were totally outplayed in most of the matches. Compean has said that there is indeed a position for the current manager, but he believes that de la Torre is the right man to take Mexico to the World Cup. Mexico not only had a very poor Gold Cup, but they were also disappointing at the recent Confederations cup as well. The team struggled to create chances and score goals. Mexico managed only three goals in the six matches they played at this competition.
"We don't justify the situation but there is still support for the present (coaching) administration. There were voices who didn't agree ... I still believe (De la Torre's staff) is the best we have to take us to Brazil 2014. I asked (the board) for trust in the administration headed by Chepo (De la Torre), who has to recognise his mistakes," said the president of the Mexican football Federation. Mexico's next match will be against Honduras at home in the first week of September. Only the top three teams will qualify for the World Cup automatically.