Mexican National football authorities have sacked coach Miguel Herrera two days after his side won the 2015 Gold Cup.
Mexico has won a record seventh Gold Cup. They celebrated by sacking their excitable manager Miguel Herrera after he punched a reporter at Philadelphia airport.
I remember a lot of things from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil: the women mainly, the diving, the woeful performances from England, and a little fella called Miguel Herrera showing unbridled passion on the sidelines, as his Mexican team made it through to the second round before being edged out by the third place finishers Holland.
Herrera managed the Mexican national side on 36 occasions since his appointment in Oct 2013. Under his tutelage his sides achieved a 52% success rate. He is said to be bitterly disappointed with the way he has bowed out.
“I am very sad to be leaving my position as national team coach due to this regrettable cause, especially because the results in the line of the game have been, for the most part, positive within the goals we set.” Herrera stated in a press release.
Mexican Football Federation head honcho, Decio de Maria, said that the values and principles of the Mexican national side come before any result. A TV Azteca reporter complained that Herrera attacked him and punched him in the neck as his team prepared to leave the US. Herrera has taken full responsibility for the incident.
The grief followed the glory after Mexico were crowned Gold Cup champions for a record seventh time after their 3 v 1 victory over the Jamaican Reggae Boyz in front of a 70,000 crowd in Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.
It was the first time a Caribbean nation had reached the final and their manager Winfried Schaefer was delighted with his team’s performance.
“For me this is not silver. For me this is gold. Nobody gave us a shot. The team played all its matches over its head.” Said Schaefer.
Goals from Guardado, Corona and Peralta made sure Mexico would win their third title in four years. Mattocks put the ball into the net for a 80th minute consolation for Jamaica.
The Mexicans started slowly, qualifying second behind Trinidad & Tobago in their group, but followed that up by beating Costa Rica 1 v 0 (QF) and Panama 2 v 1 (SF). Jamaica topped their group before going on to beat Haiti 1 v 0 (QF) and surprise many people’s favorites USA 2 v 1 (SF).
Clint Dempsey (USA) was the Golden Ball winner with seven goals.