After several feints, Marcelo Bielsa agreed to meet with the leadership of the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to negotiate the possibility of replacing his compatriot Gerardo Martino as coach of the selected country.
It seemed that the chosen one was going to emerge among Miguel “Piojo” Herrera and Uruguayan Guillermo Almadabut El Loco strongly joined as a candidate, according to published by Mexican media
The 67-year-old from Rosario, free since he left England’s Leeds at the beginning of 2022, became interested in the Mexican project and He agreed to meet in the next few days with Rodrigo Ares de Parga, general sports director of the FMF.
The first contacts occurred a few weeks ago, when Grupo Pachuca -an economic group that manages several Mexican clubs and is very close to the FMF- looked for Bielsa and, although In the first instance it seemed that the situation would not prosper, everything took a turn in favor of the Argentine, who made clear his interest in leading Mexico replacing Tata Martino.
Faced with this situation, the Mexican leaders have preferred to take restraint in the choice of coach, so they will meet with Bielsa, who has just rejected an offer from English Evertonto know your work plan.
It is worth remembering that Bielsa made some of his first weapons as DT in the Mexican league, when he went to Atlas after being champion with Newell’s. He was in the Guadalajara team between 1993 and 1995 and it helped him later move to América, where he coached in the 1995/96 season. He then returned to the country to take Vélez.
Even though He did not stand out for his results (39 wins, 34 draws, 37 losses), El Loco did leave a great image for his work in youth (basic forces, as it is called in Mexico), mainly in the Atlas.
Mexico was left without DT after being eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup of Qatar 2022, in which he competed in zone C with the champion Argentina, Poland and Saudi Arabia.
The exit in the first round was a serious setback for Mexican history, which had just reached the round of 16 in the last 7 World Cups -although it never went beyond this instance in that period-. As the next Cup will be in Mexico, the United States and Canada, the Aztec leaders seek to give a coup de effect at the time of naming the new driver of the destinations of the Tri.