The wait for Mexico fans is finally over – ‘Tata’ Martino has been confirmed as manager until 2022.
After an entire half of the year where Mexico had interim coach Ricardo Ferretti in charge, Mexico will now have a permanent manager to take on 2019. The first bit of pressure will be on fighting for the Gold Cup title, one which Mexico last won in 2015 in a final over Jamaica, 3-1.
An important year ahead
Tata Martino and co. will have to wait until March before they see how they work together. Yet, after the first exhibitions, it’s going to be all eyes on the summer. Mexico will be taking on the best of the CONCACAF, as there is no other tournament for the team to participate in.
There will be a slew of friendlies for Martino to see who fits where, and with recent comments at his presser, he seems to be keen on bringing in veteran reinforcement.
Fielding the best Mexico has to offer
It will be interesting to see the transition for Martino coming off a championship celebration with Atlanta United. He has Mexicans abroad who are taking full advantage of the current form with their clubs like Raúl Jiménez, Néstor Araujo, Héctor Moreno, Chucky Lozano, and Héctor Herrera, just to name a few.
However, there are young names who will need to be targeted like Diego Lainez, Piojo Alvarado, Jorge Sánchez, and Alexis Vega over in Liga MX who are gaining attention with their maturity at such young ages. Of course, there’s a long road ahead for Mexico, and although the Gold Cup is a “win or bust” scenario, getting the chemistry right will be pivotal moving forward.
Not ruling out MLS names
Along with the obvious stars abroad, ‘Tata’ Martino has made it clear that he will indeed be looking at adding Jonathan dos Santos, Giovani dos Santos, and Carlos Vela to upcoming matches.
It’s only to be expected, as Martino is coming into this gig after winning in MLS. The real question, however, will be how much of a leash these players will be getting compared to others. The fact that these players will not be in their season form when Mexico next takes the pitch will surely be something to keep in mind.
In the end, fans can finally take a break about worrying who will be in charge of their beloved team. It’s also assuring that they’ll be getting a manager who is well respected in ‘Tata’ Martino.