Miguel Herrera will remain in charge of Mexico at next summer's FIFA World Cup™ finals after steering them to Brazil. Herrera oversaw a 9-3 aggregate win over New Zealand last month after he was brought in for the two-legged play-off following an otherwise fraught qualification campaign.
The Mexico Football Federation (FMF) confirmed the 45-year-old would be retained on a permanent deal following a meeting of the Liga MX owners on Monday. FMF national team director Hector Gonzalez Inarritu revealed it was also hoped that Herrera, who will complete the domestic season as coach of Club America, would stay on for the 2018 World Cup finals and provide some much-needed stability.
"The plan is that Miguel Herrera will be in Brazil and will continue for Russia 2018," Gonzalez Inarritu told a press conference to announce Herrera's full-time appointment. Herrera repaired a hugely disappointing World Cup qualification campaign with the success over New Zealand, when he relied on domestic-based players to secure their progress.
The plan is that Miguel Herrera will be in Brazil and will continue for Russia 2018
El Tri had been on the verge of elimination during the final round of CONCACAF qualifying. Only two injury-time goals from rivals the United States in their final match against Panama kept them alive and sent them to their play-off against the All Whites.
Herrera was brought in for those games, replacing Victor Manuel Vucetich after Jose Manuel de la Torre and Luis Fernando Tena had come and gone during qualification. As well as securing Mexico's place in Brazil, Herrera led Club America to top place in the Apertura standings before this month's Finals Series.
The Mexico City club are due to meet Toluca in a two-legged semi-final this week. Herrera made 14 appearances for Mexico as a player and helped them to the 1993 Copa America final, where they lost to Argentina.