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Matias Almeyda backs down on Qatar deal as he awaits Mexico National Team call

Chivas v Veracruz - Torneo Clausura 2018 Liga MX Photo by Refugio Ruiz/Getty Images

With the Mexico National Team’s elimination from the 2018 World Cup, coach Juan Carlos Osorio’s future is now in the air. With some saying Osorio’s departure is imminent, the number one candidate to replace him is former Chivas manager Matias Almeyda.

On Tuesday, Ruben Rodriguez of FOX Deportes reported that Almeyda backed down on a last-minute deal with Qatari club Al Rayyan with the hope of receiving a call from the Mexican Federation to coach the Mexico National Team.

Almeyda has long been seen as the ideal candidate to replace Osorio, and his previous contract with Chivas contained a release clause that allowed him to leave on a free should the Mexican Federation ever consider him for the national team position.

The FMF might have to act fast, however, as Argentina are rumored to also be in the mix for Almeyda’s signature.

Almeyda controversially got the boot from Chivas a few weeks ago after successfully winning the CONCACAF Champions League. He won a number of five titles for the Rebaño Sagrado.