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Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti named interim manager for upcoming Mexico friendlies

Cruz Azul v Tigres UANL - Torneo Apertura 2018 Liga MX Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

For the second time in his career, Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti will take charge of Mexico’s national team on an interim basis, the Mexican Federation said on Monday.

After getting the okay from Tigres UANL, Ferretti is set to be on the bench for Mexico’s next two scheduled friendlies in the month of September. First, Mexico is set to take on Uruguay on September 7 in Houston, Texas and four days later, they will meet with the United States Men’s National Team in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ferretti, 64, first took over for Mexico on an interim basis in 2015. He was manager for a total of four matches, finishing undefeated and most notably winning the CONCACAF Cup versus the United States.

As Ferretti confirmed in his morning press conference for Tigres, it is expected he will stay as manager of Mexico for El Tri’s remaining six games of 2018 (two in the U.S., two in Mexico and two in Europe). It is also expected Mexico’s next call-up list will consist of mostly youngsters and without veterans like Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Andres Guardado, seeking a generational shift ahead of Qatar 2022.

Meanwhile, Ferretti reiterated his lack of desire to take the job on a full-time basis saying, “I hope they find a permanent manager for El Tri as soon as possible.”

In the past, Mexico has been strongly linked with Portuguese manager Carlos Queiroz.