Mexico hires Victor Manuel Vucetich as new manager

Lintao Zhang

Victor Manuel Vucetich has been tabbed as the man to save Mexico.

Mexico has found their new manager, appointing Victor Manuel Vucetich to replace Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre. The move comes six days after Chepo was fired, and two days after interim manager Luis Fernando Tena presided over a 2-0 loss to the United States has El Tri on the verge of missing the 2014 World Cup.

The highlight of Vucetich's 23-year managerial career came in his four years at Monterrey, where he won the Apertura in 2009 and 2010 to go along with a place in the 2012 Clausura final and three consecutive CONCACAF Champions League titles. Vucetich won three other Primera titles with three different clubs, as well as Copa Mexico twice and two Segunda Division trophies earlier in his career.

Vucetich's success at Monterrey earned him consideration for the Mexico job after the 2010 World Cup, when he was reportedly the FMF's top choice. He was offered the job, but declined and Mexico turned to Chepo instead.

Things changed last month when a slow start to the Apertura earned Vucetich the sack at Monterrey. Then unemployed, the door was open for him to take over Mexico and that door was opened even wider when Chepo's El Tri continued to flounder.

Vucetich takes over a Mexico team that is fifth in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. They must get to fourth place to earn a spot in a play-off against New Zealand for a play in Brazil, which means passing up Panama. They are currently tied with Panama on eight points, with the Canaleros ahead on goals scored, which sets the stage for an October 11 clash between the two at Estadio Azteca.

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