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Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino leaves Mexico National Team

The Argentinian manager announced the end of his time in charge of El Tri after elimination from the World Cup.

Joe Brennan
Mexico's Argentinian coach Gerardo Martino gestures on the touchline during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group C football match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on November 30, 2022. (Photo by Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP)

Argentinian manager Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has announced that he has left his position as head coach of the Mexico National Team. The announcement came after El Tri were knocked out of the World Cup 2022 in the group stages, despite a 1-2 win against Saudi Arabia.

The 60 year-old from Rosario took over the side in 2019 but a disappointing World Cup campaign saw them lose to Argentina after a draw with Poland, leaving Mexico with little hope of making it through the group stages for an eighth consecutive time. It is the first time in 44 years that the side have not made it out of the first round.

Despite winning 1-2 in their final game, Mexico failed to make it out of the group stages in Qatar.
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Despite winning 1-2 in their final game, Mexico failed to make it out of the group stages in Qatar.PABLO PORCIUNCULAAFP

Mexico post-match comments

“My contract ended when the referee blew the whistle to end the match and there is nothing more to it”, said the coach after the game. Ever since I arrived here I have worked with complete freedom, with no interference from anyone. I appreciate that from the President and the Sporting Directors.”

“I am the one responsible for the disappointment we feel”, the coach said, “we accept the failure we have had at the World Cup.”

“Against Poland we were unable to show the superiority we had against Argentina, we could have faced the second half in our normal style. Tonight, Mexico’s superiority was clear to see.”