Mexico have finally made it official and have appointed former Atlanta United manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino as their new coach to replace Juan Carlos Osorio, the Mexican Federation announced on Monday.
Gerardo Martino spoke to the press in his official presentation as new head coach of the Mexican National Team. ⚽#PasiónyOrgullo | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/BDP7fMsDDN— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) January 7, 2019
The Mexican Federation had been looking for a new coach since Juan Carlos Osorio rejected a contract extension back in July.
Gerardo “Tata” Martino last coached Atlanta United of Major League Soccer where he won the MLS Cup in December.
“From the part of my coaching staff and I, I want to thank those who offered to put this project in front of us,” said Martino in his unveiling.
Other coaches like Quique Sanchez Flores had been considered for the position, but Martino always appeared to be the number one choice.
“We went through a great process in choosing Gerardo Martino. I’m satisfied with his arrival and we are working hard with the World Cup cycle in mind,” federation president Yon de Luisa revealed to media.
Martino arrives to El Tri in the middle of a renovation in the side, and youth seems like will be a focal point for Martino and his coaching staff.
“The promotion of young players is of the benefit for the national team. I’m happy with the emergence of kids like Lainez and Alvarez,” Martino highlighted.
Gerardo Martino’s first game in charge of Mexico will be a friendly against Chile on March 22 in San Diego.